GenreComedy, Drama, History ScreenplayBess Meredyth CountryUnited States
Release dateAugust 24, 1934 (1934-08-24) Based onThe Firebrand of Florence
by Edwin Justus Mayer WriterBess Meredyth (screen play), Edwin Justus Mayer (from the play by) CastFredric March (Benvenuto Cellini), Constance Bennett (Duchess of Florence), Frank Morgan (Alessandro, Duke of Florence), Fay Wray (Angela), Vince Barnett (Ascanio), Jessie Ralph (Beatrice) Similar moviesConstance Bennett appears in The Affairs of Cellini and Our Betters
The affairs of cellini 1934
The Affairs of Cellini (1934) is a comedy film set in Florence over 400 years ago. This film was adapted by Bess Meredyth from the play The Firebrand of Florence by Edwin Justus Mayer. It was directed by Gregory La Cava.
Both the Duke and Duchess have an eye for beauty and other partners. The Duke presently fancies a young woman who poses as an artist's model. The Duchess has her eye on the famous artist, Benvenuto Cellini, who is in the palace making a set of gold plates to be used at ducal banquets. Cellini purportedly hypnotizes young women, and cuckolds the Duke of Florence. The somewhat oblivious Duke is loath to punish the young man, for Cellini fashions gold wares for him, but throws him into the torture chamber. However, a goblet of poisoned wine solves the problem.
Constance Bennett as Duchess of Florence
Fredric March as Benvenuto Cellini
Frank Morgan as Alessandro, Duke of Florence
Fay Wray as Angela
Vince Barnett as Ascanio
Jessie Ralph as Beatrice
Louis Calhern as Ottaviano
Jay Eaton as Polverino
Paul Harvey as Emissary
Jack Rutherford as Captain of the Guards
Irene Ware as Daughter of the Royal House of Bocci
Morgan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. The film was nominated for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Sound, Recording (Thomas T. Moulton).
The film was a box office disappointment for United Artists.