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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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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 <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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13 December 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(2-strip Technicolor)

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1.20 : 1
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Edited from The March of Time (1930) See more »

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Come Hot It Up with Me
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Herbert Stothart
Lyrics by Howard Johnson
Played during the opening credits and often as background music
Performed by Edward Buzzell and chorus
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Hades Image Problem
5 November 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In this early MGM color short Satan as played by Charles Middleton is concerned about the fact that fewer and fewer folks are booking his place for an eternal vacation. He consults his assistant How E. Burns played by Edward Buzzell who decides to recruit from a gang of likely sinners at a New York speakeasy.

After that it's the entertainment with a few dance numbers by some scantily clad women, the better to sell the devil's product.

The main thing that The Devil's Cabaret has going for it is that we get to see the genesis of Ming the Merciless. After seeing this film, it's no wonder Charles Middleton was cast as Flash Gordon's outer space nemesis. Although there's a bit more twinkle in Satan's eye here than there ever was with Ming.


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