Katharine Hepburn adopts the guise of a boy to help her crooked father (Edward Gwenn) escape embezzlement charges. She keeps the disguise when they team up with a Cockney rogue (Cary Grant) for a series of cons and when she attracts the attention of a woman. But she is forced to choose which identity to keep when handsome artist (Brian Aherne) confesses to experiencing “queer feelings”.
Sylvia Scarlett is a classic romantic comedy with shades of drama and subtle hints of queerness and criminality. Although, its subversive subject matter was too strong for some as it upset the Catholic League of Decency on its release in 1936!