- One Rainy Afternoon
One Rainy Afternoon
Directed by Rowland V. Lee Produced by Jesse L. Lasky
Written by Screen story:
Stephen Morehouse Avery
Starring Francis Lederer
Music by Ralph Erwin (music)
Preston Sturges (lyrics)
Jack Stern (lyrics)
Cinematography Merritt B. Gerstad
J. Peverell Marley
Editing by Margaret Clancey Distributed by United Artists Release date(s) May 13, 1936
January 1948 (re-release)
Running time 94 min.
80 min. (dvd)
Country United States Language English Budget $511,383 (est) Box office $603,903 (world)
One Rainy Afternoon is a 1936 romantic comedy film directed by Rowland V. Lee, starring Francis Lederer and Ida Lupino and featuring Hugh Herbert, Roland Young and Erik Rhodes. It was written by Stephen Morehouse Avery, with additional dialogue by Maurice Hanline, from the screenplay for the 1935 French film Monsieur Sans-Gêne by Emeric Pressburger and René Pujol, which was based on the story "The Satyr" by Pressburger. The film was reissued in 1948 under the title Matinee Scandal.
On a rainy afternoon in Paris, debonair actor Phillipe Martin (Francis Lederer) goes to a darkened movie theatre for a romantic assignation with his married mistress, Yvonne (Liev De Maigret), but sits in the wrong sit and kisses instead lovely Monique Pelerin (Ida Lupino), the daughter of a powerful publisher (Joseph Cawthorn). Monique, who is engaged to powerful Count Alfredo Donstelli (Erik Rhodes), makes a public accusation against Phillip, and the priggish head of the Purity League (Eily Malyon) exploits the incident until it becomes a national scandal, with Phillipe dubbed "The Kissing Monster." When Phillipe is tried, his defense is that he was overcome by Monique's beauty, and that it is a Frenchman's nature to be romantic, even to perfect strangers. His punishment is to spend just three days in jail, but when he is released, he discovers that Monique has paid his fine, supposedly to avoid more publicity, but actually because she is secretly attracted to him. In the meantime, the tabloids have made Phillipe into a national hero, and instead of his producer, Maillot (Roland Young), firing the actor, he gets a raise. His new show will have him re-enact the kissing incident, but on the day of the opening Monique's father has him arrested, only be released when Yvonne, who turns out to be the wife of the Minister of Justice, convinces him to allow Phillipe to do his performance. At the show, Phillipes finds that Monique has taken the place of the actress he was to re-enact the kiss with.
- Francis Lederer as Philippe Martin
- Ida Lupino as Monique Pelerin
- Hugh Herbert as Toto
- Roland Young as Maillot
- Erik Rhodes as Count Alfredo Donstelli
- Joseph Cawthorn as Monsieur Pelerin
- Liev De Maigret as Yvonne
- Donald Meek as Judge
- Georgia Caine as Cecile
- Murray Kinnell as Theatre Manager
- Mischa Auer as Leading Man
- Richard Carle as Minister of Justice
- Phyllis Barry as Felice (Maillot's secretary)
- Lois January as Monsieur Pelerin's Secretary
- Eily Malyon as President of Purity League
- "One Rainy Afternoon" - by Ralph Erwin (music) and Jack Stern (lyrics)
- "Secret Rendezvous" - by Ralph Erwin (music) and Preston Sturges (lyrics)
One Rainy Afternoon was the first of a small number of United Artists sound films which were produced by its vice-president, Mary Pickford,, and the first film for Pickford-Lasky Productions. This film also marked Francis Lederer's first starring role for the studio.
United Artists ran an advertisement in the Hollywood Reporter with "thank-you's" to executives from other studios who allowed their stars to appear in One Rainy Afternoon. The ad states: "We are returning these artists to you with increased box office value."
The film began production in early January 1936. It was released on 13 May of that year, and re-released in January 1948.. The film was made for an estimated $511,383, and grossed $603,903 worldwide.
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Films directed by Rowland V. Lee 1920sBlind Hearts (1921) · The Sea Lion (1921) · The Outsider (1926) · Barbed Wire (1927) · Three Sinners (1928) · A Dangerous Woman (1929) 1930sThe Return of Dr. Fu Manchu (1930) · Ladies Love Brutes (1930) · The Guilty Generation (1931) · That Night in London (1932) · Zoo in Budapest (1933) · I am Suzanne (1933) · The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) · Cardinal Richelieu (1935) · The Three Musketeers (1935) · One Rainy Afternoon (1936) · Love from a Stranger (1937) · The Toast of New York (1937) · Mother Carey's Chickens (1938) · Son of Frankenstein (1939) · Tower of London (1939) 1940s Preston Sturges Broadway 1930s
The Big Pond (dialogue,1930) · La grande mare (dialogue,1930) · Fast and Loose (add'l dialogue,1930) · Strictly Dishonorable (prev. play,1931) · They Just Had to Get Married (uncredited,1932) · Child of Manhattan (prev. play,1933) · The Power and the Glory (writer & dialogue dir,1933) · The Invisible Man (uncredited writer,1933) · Twentieth Century (uncredited,1934) · Thirty-Day Princess (writer,1934) · We Live Again (adapter,1934) · Imitation of Life (uncredited writer,1934) · The Good Fairy (writer,1935) · Diamond Jim (writer,1935) · Next Time We Love (uncredited,1936) · Love Before Breakfast (uncredited,1936) · One Rainy Afternoon (lyrics,1936) · Hotel Haywire (writer,1937) · Easy Living (writer,1937) · College Swing (uncredited writer,1938) · Port of Seven Seas (writer,1938) · If I Were King (writer,1938) · Never Say Die (writer,1939)
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