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The Devil's Cabaret (1930)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical | Short  -  13 December 1930 (USA)
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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... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Edward Buzzell ...
Howie Burns (as Eddie Buzzell)


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 <>

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devil | hades | nightclub | dancing | cabaret | See more »


Comedy | Musical | Short


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Release Date:

13 December 1930 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)


(2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Referenced in Bedazzled (1967) See more »


Free and Easy
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Fred E. Ahlert
Played as background music when Eddie is preaching in front of the cabaret
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16 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was very fortunate to obtain a copy of "The Devil's Cabaret. A fantastic gem of a movie that ever film fan should have..

It used Technicolor 2 strip which was vastly superior to any competitors for years to come. Later the superior 3 strip Technicolor came out which is what most of us are familiar with.

The star Eddie Buzzell is a fabulous song & dance man with the confidence of an Al Jolson. He was a fantastically gifted person. He was a Broadway & Hollywood song & dance stage performer, a film actor, he was a songwriter, actor, director & producer. He even directed a Thin Man film. What a tragedy that I & countless more never heard of him until now. If he were still alive he would certainly be honored for his work by organizations such as the Cinecon.

The female lead was Mary Carlisle who later starred with Bing Crosby & many others. She was always a Hollywood Dream Girl & when I last chatted with her, just a few years ago, she was still a thrilling beauty. It is also interesting that as the secretary she uses a word that no film even today uses. Perhaps she is a profanity pioneer without, probably, knowing it. Importantly there is no violence in the film. The film shows that violence isn't needed to be a good film.

The dialog of the film is priceless. The use of standard phrases throughout the film is very clever right to the last words when we find out about Hell & Buzzell says "That's the Hell of it.".

Imagine what a thrill it must have been for audiences to watch this song & dance film complete with chorus girls & in color yet back in 1931.

john woodruff 16 December 2005

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