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Character's Name: Romer Sheffield
Release Date:  October 28, 1932
Director: William A. Seiter
Studio:  Paramount Publix
Running Time: 72 minutes

Cast:  Cary Grant (Romer Sheffield), Nancy Carroll (Ruth Brock), Randolph Scott (Bill Fadden), Edward Woods (Conny Billop), Lillian Bond (Eva Randolph), William Collier, Sr. (Harry Brock), Jane Darwell (Mrs. Brook), Rita LaRoy (Camille), Rose Coghlan (Annie Brock), Oscar Arnold (E. W. Randolph), Jessie Arnold (Aunt Minnie), Grady Sutton (Archie)

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- by Zoë Shaw
Ruth argues with her lover, Bill, and spends most of a day with another man, Romer. She loses her job due to gossip, and, while she is preparing to marry Bill, she visits Romer. People think the worst, but eventually everything is sorted out.

- by Cheryl Trahan
Hot Saturday is a romantic comedy, made in 1932, starring Cary, Nancy Carroll and Randolph Scott. This is Cary's first movie as leading man. Nancy and Randolph are engaged, but have a fight. Nancy runs off to spend the day with old friend Cary. They stay out all day and Cary returns her home from a party at an indecent hour. The town gossips have a field day and Nancy loses her job. Randolph threatens to call off the wedding until Cary comes forth swearing the innocence of their time together. In the end, Cary wins the day when Nancy realizes that only Cary truly loves her. The ending is great, with Nancy telling off everyone and going out to Cary, waiting in a running car. Cary is very good as the playboy in this early 30's picture. Hot Saturday is the forerunner of The Awful Truth. All in all, an excellent way to spend 75 minutes, drooling.

- by Donna Moore
I was really surprised by Hot Saturday, the subject matter seemed to be very daring. All those repressed young people going out on a Saturday night to drink and dance and etc..... I have to say that I hated most of the characters in the film - sanctimonious, gossip-mongering, lying, grasping - only Ruth, Ruth's father and Romer were honest, open and non-judgmental. And of course, Romer was introduced to us as such a horrible person by the rest of the town. He was the nicest person in it! He never pretended to be anything he wasn't. All I can say is that if I lived in that town, I'd want to get out of it!

VARIETY Film Review - November 8, 1932
- by "Char"
- submitted by Barry Martin
Familiar story of a girl triumphing over small town gossip against her character, treated in a pleasing, but not punchful, fashion. Having no A name draw in its cast and but fairly agreeable as entertainment, picture will not get preferred playing time. It grades as a B picture in the big towns and as a first-run choice in the smaller spots, among which Nancy Carroll's following still merits such booking.

In many of the double-feature spots, when picture reaches those sub-runs, 'Hot Saturday' should be the first, rather than the second, feature.

Title is figured as having some power at the box office, but not to the extent where fall season house averages in the larger A house will be reached, let alone topped. Title is a reference to the fact that action takes place during the summer in a small town where everyone wants to go to the country on hot Saturday nights.

Novel on which picture is based was published several years ago at a time when wild youth was better boxoffice than it is now. Whatever the original story, it must have promised more than its adaptors have realized since the treatment that was accepted for filming leaves a lot of room for improvement.

Much of the dialog is banal, little of it affording Miss Carroll, or others anything big to shoot for. Direction has been for more capable, William Siter injecting many little touches which go a long way toward making the programmer palatable fare for the fans at medium prices.

Miss Carroll, who never seems to grow up and here again is costumed in the simple little high school girl togs, does a bank secretary in a small town, where gossip over an innocent set of circumstances finally crowds in on her from all sides. Story is generally convincing, even though it eventually has Miss Carroll rushing out in a violent rainstorm, which lays her low at the door of the mountain camp of a boy friend.

Cary Grant does a rich playboy, whose attentions to the young bank worker inspire evil gossip, while Randolph Scott plays the geologist, a boyhood friend, who walks out on marriage to the girl on hearing the idle rumors.

Grant stands ahead of Miss Carroll and Scott in performance. He exercises extreme restraint toward his part that robs it of any glamour it was intended it should have. William Collier, Sr., excellent in short stretches of footage. Rose Coghlan, Lillian Bond and Grady Sutton also carry off small assignments competently. Technically, production grades as standard. 

NEW YORK TIMES Film Review - November 5, 1932
- by Mordaunt Hall
- submitted by Barry Martin
Small-town tongues are wagging at the Paramount and small-town eyes are watching that Brock girl from behind drawn shades. "Hot Saturday," which is from Harvey Ferguson's novel, describes the evolution of an idle bit of gossip in an average American community with considerable freshness and candor, and in the main manages to survive a meandering script and some uneventful writing. Nancy Carroll, as the girl caught in the net of malicious gossip, gives a lifelike portrayal; and she is acutely touching in the final episodes as she searches frantically for some one who will understand and believe her. The denouement is unintentionally ambiguous, and a rather startling conclusion at that; for the girl runs off with the notorious libertine to a marriage in New York which, if one is to believe all the things people say about Romer Sheffield, will be merely theoretical.

The title suggests the social activities of the young people on their day off, the dancing, chap liquor and furtive amour with which they escape once a week from their routine labors. Some may raise the criticism that the behavior in "Hot Saturday" is more typical of the years immediately prior to 1926 - the year the novel appeared - than of the present.

Ruth Brock, on this particular "hot Saturday," accompanies the crowd to Sheffield's place in the country. Her young man, resenting Sheffield's attentions to the girl, quarrels with her. When she is left alone in the millionaire's house for a few hours and arrives home in his car, the gossip-mongers go o work with a relish. The accumulation of outraged virtues results in Ruth's dismissal from the bank and a violent scene at home. Even her gentle, understanding sweetheart of school days turns against her.

Edward Woods, as the malicious and resentful escort, gives the most satisfactory performance in support of Miss Carroll. Cary Grant is a nonchalant young libertine as Sheffield, and Randolph Scott is solidly virtuous as the boyhood sweetheart.  

CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE Film Review - November 2, 1932
- by Mae Tinée
- submitted by Renee Klish

Good Morning!

This is an engaging little program number. 

Its title doesn't refer to the heat but to the activities of certain young folks in a small town on the only day most of them have to themselves.

The heroine, Nancy Carroll, is employed in the bank where she is greatly admired by all the young tellers, cashiers, and what have you.  She also attracts the attention - and attentions - of a wealthy young author of unsavory reputation who has a summer place near by Marysville.  She becomes affianced to a childhood playmate whom her family have long wished for her to marry.

Unfortunate circumstances, the caddish behavior of a boy, and the cattish maneuvers of a girl put our heroine's name in the mouths of all the gossips.

You'll be surprised by the picture's ending, I warrant.

"Hot Saturday" is an interesting, well acted, well directed little film.  And HOW the girls will go for Cary Grant, as that naughty, nice young author!

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