Gay Deception, The (1935): William Wyler’s Oscar-Nominated Romantic Comedy, Starring Francis Lederer and Frances Dee

Essentially a trifle, “The Gay Deception” is one of William Wyler’s least known and least distinguished films, a Cinderella romantic comedy, featuring Francis Lederer as a prince of mythical European kingdom, who poses as a doorman to court a small-town secretary, played by Frances Dee.

As usual, the secondary cast is reliable, including Benita Hume, Alan Mowbray, and Akim Tamiroff.

“The Gay Deception” was one of the last Fox works to be released before the studios merger with Twentieth Century Pictures.

Oscar Alert

Oscar Nominations: 1

Original Story: Don Hartman and Stephen Avery

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context

The Original Story Oscar went to Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur for “The Scoundrel.”

Don Hartman received one more nomination, as co-writer (with Frank Butler) of the popular “The Road to Morocco,” starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour.


Fox (Jesse L. Lasky)