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The Devil to Pay! (1930)

TV-G | | Comedy, Romance | 20 December 1930 (USA)
Spendthrift Willie Leyland again returns to the family home in London penniless. His father is none too pleased but Willie smooth-talks him into letting him stay. At the same time he turns ... See full summary »

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(as Geo. Fitzmaurice)

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(story and dialogue), (screen adaptation)
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Frederick Kerr ...
Lord Leland
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Dorothy Hope
David Torrence ...
Mr. Hope
Florence Britton ...
Susan Hale
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Mary Crayle
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Grand Duke Paul
Crauford Kent ...
Arthur (as Crawford Kent)
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Storyline

Spendthrift Willie Leyland again returns to the family home in London penniless. His father is none too pleased but Willie smooth-talks him into letting him stay. At the same time he turns the charm on Dorothy Hope, whose father is big in linoleum and who, before Willie's arrival, was about to become engaged to a Russian aristocrat. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Comedy | Romance

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20 December 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fræk og frimodig  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was Frederick Lonsdale's first original screenplay, and it was not based on a play, as some references state. See more »

Goofs

Boom microphone shadow is unmistakable in a number of in a number of interior scenes toward the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

Lord Leland: Here it is half-past nine and not a sign of him.
Dorothy Hope: Have you called the police?
Lord Leland: Do you know Master Willie?
Dorothy Hope: No, I've never met him.
Lord Leland: Well, if you had, you'd know telephoning a policeman's wife would be more effective.
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Soundtracks

Here We Go Gathering Nuts in May
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by Ronald Colman, Loretta Young and Florence Britton with modified lyrics.
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Young and Coleman
28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Devil to Pay, The (1930)

** (out of 4)

An adventurer (Ronald Coleman) who can't do anything right in life gets involved with a woman (Loretta Young) who's about to be married to another man, which sets off various events. This film is pretty routine even for 1930 as we've seen this type of love triangle in various films. Coleman is very good in his role and his fast, energetic performance makes the film fly by. Young is equally good bring her natural charm and cuteness to her role. Myrna Loy, Frederick Kerr and David Torrence also deliver fine performances. The film runs a quick paced 72-minutes and this flies by but the screenplay could have done better for the performers.


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