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|The Lady of Scandal|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sidney Franklin|
|Based on||the play The High Road by Frederick Lonsdale|
|Starring|| Ruth Chatterton |
|Cinematography|| Oliver T. Marsh |
|Edited by||Margaret Booth|
The Lady of Scandal is a 1930 American pre-Code romance, comedy film, melodrama directed by Sidney Franklin based on the 1927 play The High Road by Frederick Lonsdale and starring Ruth Chatterton, Basil Rathbone and Ralph Forbes. Its plot follows a British actress who becomes involved with a member of an aristocratic family, who try desperately to thwart the match. It is also known by the alternative title of The High Road.
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