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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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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)  »

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Fræk og frimodig  »

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1.37 : 1
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This was Frederick Lonsdale's first original screenplay, and it was not based on a play, as some references state. See more »

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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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Don't Be Like That
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Carlton, Archie Gottler, Maceo Pinkard and Charles Tobias
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Fluff, but delightful and entertaining fluff
9 September 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Ronald Colman plays a prodigal son. While he is NOT a bad guy, he is a bit flighty and hasn't done a lot with his life other than travel the world and have a jolly good time. Now that his latest venture in Africa has failed, he's on his way home to England. His rich upper class father plans on tossing him out on his ear, though thanks to Ronald's winning style, he is reluctantly welcomed back with open arms.

At this point, there are two women in his life--showgirl Myrna Loy and rich girl Loretta Young (who is already engaged). How will all this work out and will Ronald wise up and act like a responsible adult--these are the main themes of this pleasant little film.

This isn't a great movie and certainly won't change your life, but it certainly is very entertaining and fun. Most of this is due to the always genial acting of Ronald Colman. Heck, in the heyday of his career in the 1930s, he could have played in REEFER MADNESS or some other dreck and still made it entertaining and likable due to his charming persona. His seemingly effortless style in this movie make it very easy to like him and it's easy to see why both Loretta Young and Myrna Loy are in love with him in the film! Plus, the writing is very witty and make this a nice romantic-comedy.


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