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The School for Scandal (1930 film)

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The School for Scandal
Madeleine Carroll
Directed byMaurice Elvey
Written byJean Jay
Based onplay The School for Scandal
by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Produced byMaurice Elvey
StarringBasil Gill
Madeleine Carroll
Ian Fleming
Henry Hewitt
CinematographyHenry Harris
Bernard Knowles
Edited byThorold Dickinson
Albion Films
Distributed byParamount British Pictures
Release date
  • 5 September 1930 (1930-09-05)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The School for Scandal is a 1930 British historical comedy film directed by Thorold Dickinson and Maurice Elvey and starring Basil Gill, Madeleine Carroll and Ian Fleming.[1] It is the first sound film adaptation of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play The School for Scandal. It is also the only feature-length film shot using the unsuccessful Raycol colour process, and marked the screen debut of Sally Gray.[2] The film was shot at the Elstree Studios of British International Pictures with sets designed by the art director Lawrence P. Williams. It ended up being released as a second feature and is classified as a quota quickie.[3]

The British Film Institute has placed it on the BFI 75 Most Wanted list of lost films.[2]



  1. ^ "The School for Scandal (1930)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
  2. ^ a b "The School for Scandal / BFI Most Wanted". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  3. ^ Chibnall p.262


  • Chibnall, Steve. Quota Quickies: The Birth of the British 'B' Film. British Film Institute, 2007.
  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.
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