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Affairs of Cellini, The (TCF 1934, Frank Morgan, Fay Wray)



A romantic comedy about the Renaissance artist Cellini. Cellini is more interested in pursuing women than his artistic pursuits. He initially flirts with his artistic model, but then succumbs to a beautiful Duchess. The duchess’s husband doesn’t have time to worry about Cellini romancing his wife, as he’s occupied romancing Cellini’s model. The artist also finds time to swashbuckle a little between romantic intrigues and painting.

The Affairs of Cellini was adapted from a 1925 stage play entitled The Firebrand. Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin’s 1945 Broadway musical The Firebrand of Florence was based on the 1925 play.

Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Actor: Frank Morgan; Best Cinematography.

production details
USA | Twentieth Century Fox | 80 minutes | 1934

Director: Gregory La Cava
Cinematography: Charles Rosher Jr.
Editor: Barbara McLean
Music: Alfred Newman
Production Design: Richard Day

Frank Morgan as Alessandro, Duke of Florence
Fay Wray as Angela
Irene Ware as Daughter of the Royal House of Bocci
Fredric March as Benvenuto Cellini
Constance Bennett as Duchess of Florence
Vince Barnett as Ascanio
Lucille Ball as Lady-in-Waiting
Ward Bond as Palace Guard Finding Cellini’s Clothes
Jessie Ralph as Beatrice
Louis Calhern as Ottaviano
Paul Harvey as Emissary
Lionel Belmore as Court Member (uncredited)
Bess Flowers as Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited) (unconfirmed)