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Release Date:
20 September 1930 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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
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Towards A Pure Fiction: Cecil B. DeMille
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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)
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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:
Featured in Electric Dreams (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
We're Going SomewhereSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
"She will ensnare you", 14 June 2009
Author: Steffi_P from Ruritania

There are some directors who failed and faltered in the sound revolution. There are others who made a success of the new form and were even revitalised by it. Cecil B. DeMille is perhaps in a league of his own, who with Madam Satan created a work suffering from all the awkwardness of the worst early talkies, and yet one gloriously weird and wonderful in a way that only his pictures could be.

It's true; Madam Satan is incredibly stilted and static in its construction. I'm not referring to the anchored camera – DeMille didn't really rely on camera movement anyway. But like many early talkies it places too much importance on dialogue, and is structured like a stage play with very long and very wordy scenes. The sound recording is appalling and sometimes we can hear dialogue when characters are in long shot, which seems very unnatural. Like most early musicals the numbers are spoiled by indecipherable operatic vocals.

But never fear! Madam Satan was scripted by the delightfully barmy Jeanie Macpherson. What's more we find DeMille, ever with his finger to the wind, putting his own grandiose and unashamedly smutty spin on the bedroom-comedy musical genre that was making such a splash at his old stomping ground, Paramount. The result is one of the most unintentionally surreal pictures I have ever seen. We begin with some Lubitsch-esque bed-hopping comedy scenes, sprinkled with a few songs. We then decamp to a fancy-dress party on board a Zeppelin (why not?) for an extended musical sequence, which looks like the result of Fritz Lang hiring Busby Berkeley to direct a scene in Metropolis. Just as the characters' passions start to run away with them, it suddenly turns into a disaster movie – a bit of a DeMille-Macpherson trademark, that.

Madam Satan is also special in that it is perhaps the only DeMille comedy which is actually rather funny. The occasionally witty dialogue was probably Gladys Unger's contribution to the screenplay, but what really makes it work is the excellent comic timing and rapport of Reginald Denny, Lillian Roth and Roland Young. In comparison to these three very satisfying cast members, leading lady Kay Johnson seems rather bland, and has "poor-man's Jeanette MacDonald" written all over her.

Most of the songs are by Herbert Stothart, who would soon rise to become MGM's in-house composer. Musically they are fairly forgettable, although it's interesting how they are used to define character and drive the plot forward in a way that later became standard but was by no means a given in the very earliest musicals. DeMille, always a very rhythmic director, shoots some great dance numbers, and shows great musical sensitivity for the "All I Know Is You're in My Arms" number, tracking along with the silhouetted dancers, and putting in a wonderful slow tilt when they are still, corresponding to the swell in the music. It's a shame this was his only musical.

Madam Satan has got to be one of the weirdest film experiences I have ever had, and after my first viewing I wasn't quite sure if perhaps I dreamt it. It was (sniff) the last significant contribution to a DeMille picture by Jeanie Macpherson, and while all his work after this was filled with adventure and spectacle, they were missing a certain something that only she could bring. Madam Satan is however an appropriately daffy swansong – a boozy, art-deco, all-talking, all-dancing concotion that is worth watching for its sheer oddness.

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