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Release Date:
20 September 1930 (USA) See more »
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Angela and Bob Brooks are an upper class couple. Unfortunately, Bob is an unfaithful husband. But Angela... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Pre-Code Hollywood 2: Music, Comedy, Action and Adventure
 (From CinemaNerdz. 31 January 2014, 7:40 AM, PST)

Pre-Code Hollywood: Gangsters, Monsters, and Dames
 (From CinemaNerdz. 31 January 2014, 7:20 AM, PST)

Towards A Pure Fiction: Cecil B. DeMille
 (From MUBI. 18 March 2013, 6:10 AM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kay Johnson ... Angela Brooks

Reginald Denny ... Bob Brooks

Lillian Roth ... Trixie

Roland Young ... Jimmy Wade
Elsa Peterson ... Martha
Jack King ... Herman
Eddie Prinz ... Biff (as Edward Prinz)
Boyd Irwin ... Captain
Wallace MacDonald ... First Mate
Tyler Brooke ... Romeo
Ynez Seabury ... Babo
Theodore Kosloff ... Electricity
Julanne Johnston ... Miss Conning Tower
Martha Sleeper ... Fish Girl
Doris McMahon ... Water
Vera Marshe ... Call of the Wild (as Vera Marsh)
Albert Conti ... Empire Officer
Earl Askam ... Pirate
Rina De Liguoro ... Spain (as Countess De Liguoro)

Katharine Irving ... Spider Girl
Lotus Thompson ... Eve
Aileen Ransom ... Victory
Abe Lyman and His Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abe Lyman ... Band Leader
Judith Arlen ... (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Zeppelin Butler (uncredited)
Jack Byron ... (uncredited)

Mary Carlisle ... Little Bo Peep (uncredited)
Edwards Davis ... Henry VIII (uncredited)

Marie Deauville ... Mrs. High Hat (uncredited)
Dorothy Dehn ... (uncredited)

Cecil B. DeMille ... Radio Newscaster (voice) (uncredited)
Katherine DeMille ... Zeppelin Reveler (uncredited)
Betty Francisco ... Little Rolls Riding Hood (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... Zeppelin Crewman (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ... (uncredited)
Vera Gordon ... (uncredited)
Ella Hall ... (uncredited)
Kasha Haroldi ... (uncredited)
Lorimer Johnston ... (uncredited)
June Knight ... Zeppelin Reveler (uncredited)
Allan Lane ... Zeppelin Majordomo (uncredited)
Nora Lane ... Zeppelin Reveler (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Roman Senator (uncredited)
Elvira Lucianti ... (uncredited)
Mary McAllister ... (uncredited)
Earl McCarthy ... Zeppelin Reveler (uncredited)
June Nash ... (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Arabian Prince (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ... Zeppelin Reveler (uncredited)
Henry Stockbridge ... (uncredited)
Natalie Storm ... (uncredited)
Margaret Swope ... (uncredited)
Youcca Troubetzkov ... (uncredited)
Marie Valli ... Confusion (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... (uncredited)
Natalie Visart ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Cecil B. DeMille 
 
Writing credits
Jeanie Macpherson (by) &
Gladys Unger (by) and
Elsie Janis (by)

Produced by
Cecil B. DeMille .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
William Axt (foreign version) (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Anne Bauchens (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Mitchell Leisen 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mitchell Leisen .... assistant director
Cullen Tate .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Cedric Gibbons .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Other crew
LeRoy Prinz .... dance director (as Le Roy Prinz)
 
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Runtime:
116 min (TCM print)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (Manitoba) (VHS) | Portugal:M/12 | Portugal:17 (original rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
Two songs not used in the film: "This Is Love" - music by Herbert Stothart and lyrics by Clifford Grey; and "Satan's Song" - music by Jack King and lyrics by Elsie Janis.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Early on at the party, Trixie's feathered costume sustains some damage. Later, none of the feathers are bent.See more »
Quotes:
Angela Brooks:[French accent] You are een love weez love!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bright Leaves (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
We're Going SomewhereSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
DeMille Rampant, 19 November 2004
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

A desperate wife disguises herself as the mysterious MADAME Satan in order to entice the attentions of her wayward husband.

In 1928, movie magnet Cecil B. DeMille, usually associated with Paramount Studios, signed a three-picture contract with mighty MGM. The most exuberant result of this new association--the others were DYNAMITE (1929) and THE SQUAW MAN (1931)--was this bizarre, florid, highly unusual and very entertaining musical-comedy-soap opera which almost defies categorization in any other way than to simply say it is a 'DeMille Picture.'

It was also the only musical he attempted (1930 was a year replete with singing stars enjoying--or abusing--the new sound technology) and perhaps that is a good thing, as the tunes here don't warble too well and are a bit of an embarrassment. Although the tale of marital infidelity which dominates the film's first half grows rather mawkish, DeMille awakes the audience in the second half by staging a naughty masquerade ball in a luxurious dirigible, no less, harbored high above New York City. Never one to let bad taste stand in his way, DeMille invites the viewer to wallow in Pre-Code purulence, before ending on a more moralistic note.

Kay Johnson, a very talented & lovely actress who is now sadly forgotten, gives a lively performance as the abandoned wife determined to win back her fickle spouse. She deftly weaves between drama & spoofery, making her dynamically diabolic appearance as the title character at the airship ball both mysterious and alluring. As her husband, Reginald Denny comes across as much more one-dimensional and unsympathetic, but then his role is supposed to register as rather bland when compared to that of Miss Johnson.

Owlish Roland Young is humorous, as always, this time playing Denny's best friend; his meek persona must hide a streak of wildness, however, to be able to host the truly bizarre zeppelin party. As Denny's young lover, Lillian Roth is all shrill, uncultured brashness--if this is what the director wanted, she hits the bulls-eye.

Movie mavens will recognize DeMille's own voice as the radio announcer at the end of the film.

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