Hot Saturday (1932): Small-Town Dramedy Starring Cary Grant and Randolph Scott

The romantic comedy Hot Saturday, directed by William A. Seiter, features Cary Grant in one of the seven pictures he made in 1932, before he became a major star

The tale, based on the novel by Harvey Ferguson, adapted to the screen by Seton I. Miller, Josephine Lovett, and Joseph Mancure march, centers on a socialite named Ruth Brock (Nancy Carroll) living in a gossipy and suffocating small town..

After an argument with her fiancé Bill Fadden (Randolph Scott), Ruth decides to exact revenge by spending the whole day with a notorious playboy, Romer Sheffield, who has a bad reputation.

It is all innocent, but malicious gossip ensues and she loses her job. Things get worse when the scandal gets back to her beau. In the end, when the misunderstandings are explained, all involved are exonerated.

The title suggests the social activities of the young people on their day off, dancing, cheap booze, and furtive armor, into which they involve as escape from their routine small-town life.

The N.Y. Times reviewer, Mordaunt Hall noted: Cary Grant is a nonchalant young libertine, and Randolph Scott is solidly virtuous as the boyhood sweetheart.”

Edward Woods gives the film’s most interesting performance as the malicious and resentful escort, Conny Billop

 

Released: October 28, 1932

Running time: 72 minutes