The Affairs of Cellini

The Affairs of Cellini is a 1934 comedy film directed by Gregory La Cava and starring Frank Morgan, Constance Bennett, Fredric March, Fay Wray, and Louis Calhern. It is set in Florence. The film was adapted by Bess Meredyth from the play The Firebrand of Florence by Edwin Justus Mayer.

The Affairs of Cellini
Fay Wray and Fredric March in a scene from the film
Directed byGregory La Cava
Produced byDarryl F. Zanuck
William Goetz (associate producer)
Raymond Griffith (associate producer)
Written byBess Meredyth
Based onThe Firebrand of Florence
by Edwin Justus Mayer
StarringFrank Morgan
Constance Bennett
Fredric March
Fay Wray
Louis Calhern
Music byAlfred Newman
Edited byBarbara McLean
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • August 24, 1934 (1934-08-24)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States


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 because Cellini fashions gold wares for him, but throws him into the torture chamber. However, a goblet of poisoned wine solves the problem.



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).[1]

The film was a box-office disappointment for United Artists.[2]


  1. "The 7th Academy Awards (1935) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  2. By, D. W. (1934, Nov 25). TAKING A LOOK AT THE RECORD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
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