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Up Pops the Devil (1931)

 |  Comedy  |  20 May 1931 (USA)
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The marriage of an advertising man is jeopardized when he gets a chance to sell a novel he's been working on and quits his job to concentrate on writing. In order to support the family, the... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Biney Hatfield
Anne Merrick
Polly Griscom
Steve Merrick
Edward J. Nugent ...
George Kent
Theodore von Eltz ...
Gilbert Morrell
Luella May Carroll
Willie Best ...
Laundryman (as Sleep 'n' Eat)
Eulalie Jensen ...
Mrs. Kent
Harry Beresford ...
Mr. Platt
Effie Ellsler ...
Mrs. Platt


The marriage of an advertising man is jeopardized when he gets a chance to sell a novel he's been working on and quits his job to concentrate on writing. In order to support the family, the wife is forced to take a job as a dancer in a Broadway show. As the marriage begins to fall apart, complications ensue when she discovers that she's pregnant. Written by

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20 May 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vingança Diabólica  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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Although Carol Lombard will ultimately be brought on board on the basis of her successful pairing with this film's co-star, Norman Foster, in It Pays to Advertise (1931), it's Nancy Carroll who's initially set to play the film's female lead. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Carole Lombard (1961) See more »

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Interesting Pre-Code Drama
18 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the original version (later remade) of Bob Hope's Thanks for the Memory (without the cool songs) and was viewed online. Storyline (beware of spoilers): After Steve Merrick has his first story published, he proposes to his girl friend Anne, who refuses on the grounds that she loves him for all the wrong reasons. They finally agree to marry for one year, stipulating that if they are not happy at that time, they will separate. After one year, Steve and Anne are still happy. Steve, however, is jealous of Anne's friend, Gilbert Morrell, a publisher who urges Steve to give up his day job and concentrate on writing. Against Steve's wishes, Anne gets a job at their friend Biney Hatfield's Paramount theater, and Steve quits his job. Steve writes at home, but becomes frustrated with household chores and with relying on his wife for an allowance. He becomes suspicious when Anne spends evenings after work with Gil, and angrily decides to throw a going-away party for their neighbor, Luella May Carroll, who has been trying to seduce him for months. Anne confides in Gil that she is pregnant, but she does not want Steve to know. Gil gives her some money as a loan so she can quit work if she needs to. When Anne gets home she finds their friends there, but no Steve, who eventually comes in with Luella. He is angry because he feels like a "kept man." When Anne shows him the check from Gil, telling him it is his first payment for his book, he sees it is made out to her and accuses her of having an affair. They separate but after three months meet again to sell their apartment, and make plans to divorce so Anne can marry Gil. While showing the apartment, they realize they are still in love, however, and reunite, with Steve delighted at the prospect of becoming a father.

Carole Lombard was still pretty stiff before the camera, there was no sign of her fun loving personality to come and Norman Foster was all bluster but no substance as her husband. However, this is an interesting curio to check out and observe.

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