A poor hat-check girl loses her job and is forced to get a job as a dancer at a roadhouse. There she falls in love with the son of a rich businessman. The boy's father, believing her to be ...
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A poor hat-check girl loses her job and is forced to get a job as a dancer at a roadhouse. There she falls in love with the son of a rich businessman. The boy's father, believing her to be after the family's money, determines to embarrass her and show his son what she really is. Written by
The AFI Catalogue reports a release date of May 1919. However, a 13 April 1919 article "Written on the Screen" in the New York Times mentions the film was playing at the Broadway, although it was not reviewed. A week later, a similar article mentions it was in its second week at the Broadway. See more »
At the time, cast lists were often not in films; actors and their character names were credited in the intertitles right before they appear on-screen. In the 55-minute Milestone Film & Video print, the first 3 important cast members are not introduced in this way, but it is likely they were in the original print (which would have had a running time of 63 minutes at the sound speed of 24 fps). Fot this reason, the IMDb ordering lists these actors first, followed by those who are introduced by intertitles. The Milestone print also had no crew credits; these were taken from the AFI Catalogue. See more »
Mae Murray (as Mary McGuire) works as a coat and cloak check girl; when she dons one of the customers garments and dances around in it, she is fired. Ms. Murray decides to apply for a job as hostess and dancer at the "Peach Tree Inn" managed by William Mong (as Larry McKean). In order to clinch the job, Murray pretends to be infamous dancer Gloria De Moin. Murray is also the only dancer available to hire, as all of the other applicants walk out.
Randy Rudolph Valentino (as Jimmy Calhoun) is a "Peach Tree Inn" patron who becomes enamored with Murray - he wants to marry her, but his wealthy father is wary. Meanwhile, Bertram Grassby (as Duke de Sauterne) returns to complicate matters; he was involved with the real Gloria De Moin, and is on the lam from the law
Handsome Valentino and smarmy Grassby are the highlight of the film, which picks up considerably whenever the two strut their stuff over Murray. Otherwise, the story is uninteresting, and the comedy doesn't work. Unfortunately, the film is "speeded up" - possibly, this is done to enhance its comedy effect; instead, it can make you dizzy, or put you to sleep. "The Delicious Little Devil" is not the place start, if you want to appreciate silent films fully.
***** The Delicious Little Devil (4/13/19) Robert Z. Leonard ~ Mae Murray, Rudolph Valentino, Bertram Grassby
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