At "Satan & Co., Inc.", the Devil is upset because too many people are going up to Heaven rather than down to Hades. He gives his assistant, Mr. Burns the task of getting more people to his... See full summary »
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At "Satan & Co., Inc.", the Devil is upset because too many people are going up to Heaven rather than down to Hades. He gives his assistant, Mr. Burns the task of getting more people to his domain. In front of a nightclub, Mr. Burns invites a crowd of people to come inside to "The Devil's Cabaret" and be entertained. After they enjoy songs and dancing, the people go willingly to Hades. Written by
David Glagovsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I caught this totally by surprise on TCM. I was really surprised this came out in 1931--they didn't make many shorts in color back then. I guess the 2-strip Technicolor should have tipped me off.
The comedy was pretty lame and at times pretty cruel (there are one too many jabs taken at an unattractive heavy woman) but I kept watching. The color itself looks faded (2-strip color never looked too good) and the print is in bad shape but still this was quite interesting.
Some of the sets are pretty elaborate, some of the costumes are VERY skimpy (no way they would have gotten past after the Code was established), the dancing and music isn't bad at all and the acting is so overenthusiastic that it's quite amusing.
A very interesting little short and a fascinating look at pre-Code shorts. Worth seeing--I just wish TCM would tell us when they're showing shorts like this (hint hint)!
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