Design for Scandal is a lightly-concocted romantic farce, with familiar story undercurrent refreshed by expert deliveries in the acting, direction and dialog departments.
When ace reporter Walter Pidgeon is assigned by his alimony-burdened publisher to frame the decision-rendering female judge (Rosalind Russell), it’s a cinch that the pair will eventually fall in love and the scandal plan will be tossed into the discard. Despite this obvious conclusion, story unfolds at a consistently amusing clip, held together by deft direction by Norman Taurog, and a group of sterling performances.
Despite exposition of a familiar tale, scripter Lionel Houser injects plenty of sparkling dialog along the line, which clicks continually through excellent piloting by Taurog and delivery by Russell, Pidgeon and supporting cast members. It’s fluffy entertainment, holding an amusing tone throughout.