MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,928 this week

Satan Met a Lady (1936)

6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 1,233 users  
Reviews: 30 user | 12 critic

Sardonic detective Shane, thrown out of one town for bringing trouble, heads for home and his ex-partner's detective agency. The business is in a sad way, and Shane, who has had the ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (based on a novel by)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 28 Mar 2011
 
a list of 29 titles
created 23 Oct 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 12 Sep 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 14 May 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Satan Met a Lady (1936)

Satan Met a Lady (1936) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Satan Met a Lady.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Housewife (1934)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Nan Reynolds encourages her copywriter husband Bill to open his own agency. Nearly out of business, he finally gets a client. Former girlfriend Patricia Berkeley writes a very successful ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: George Brent, Bette Davis, Ann Dvorak
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three strangers, each with a serious problem in their lives, share a sweepstakes ticket which they wished upon together before a Chinese idol.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A pilot falls in love with a woman he believes is heading cross country to become a maid, little suspecting that she's actually a princess.

Director: Norman Krasna
Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn
Deception (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A piano teacher believes that her fiancé, a cellist, was killed on the battlefield. When he returns alive, they marry, but are menaced and threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer she started dating on the rebound.

Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
Another Dawn (1937)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Colonel John Wister, on duty with the British army in the desert region of Dubik, returns to England on leave. There he falls in love with Julia Ashton, who cares deeply for him but ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Kay Francis, Errol Flynn, Ian Hunter
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Middleaged man tries to find a son that was given to an orphanage many years ago.

Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: James Cagney, Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Pidgeon
Raffles (1930)
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A distinguished English gentleman has a secret life--he is the notorious jewel thief the press has dubbed "The Amateur Cracksman". When he meets a woman and falls in love he decides to "... See full summary »

Directors: George Fitzmaurice, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast
Stars: Ronald Colman, Kay Francis, Bramwell Fletcher
The Old Maid (1939)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The arrival of an ex-lover on a young woman's wedding day sets in motion a chain of events which will alter her and her cousin's lives forever.

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, George Brent
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Spinster poetess Susan Grieve lives in a Manahattan apartment where naval hero Slick Novak comes with her for a nightcap. Next morning they visit her Connecticut farm where Novak tells her ... See full summary »

Director: Bretaigne Windust
Stars: Bette Davis, Janis Paige, Jim Davis
Stranded (1935)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Kay Francis, George Brent, Patricia Ellis
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, Paul Lukas
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, Donald Woods
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Warren William ...
Alison Skipworth ...
Arthur Treacher ...
Marie Wilson ...
Wini Shaw ...
Astrid Ames (as Winifred Shaw)
Porter Hall ...
Olin Howland ...
Charles C. Wilson ...
Detective Pollock (as Charles Wilson)
Edit

Storyline

Sardonic detective Shane, thrown out of one town for bringing trouble, heads for home and his ex-partner's detective agency. The business is in a sad way, and Shane, who has had the forethought to provide himself with a 250-dollar commission from an old lady on the train, is welcomed with open arms. When pretty Valerie Purvis walks in the next day willing to pay over the odds to put a tail on the man who did her wrong, Shane's way with the ladies looks like paying off yet again. But things start to go wrong when his partner is murdered, and Shane himself comes home to find his apartment wrecked by a gentlemanly crook who comes back to apologise -- and to tell him a fascinating fairy-story about the fabled Horn of Roland that looks like not being so mythical after all. Miss Purvis wants protection. The police want answers. And all sorts of people want the 'French horn'... but Shane is one jump ahead of everyone all the way. Well, almost. Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

horn | train | 1930s | macguffin | jewel | See more »


Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 July 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hard Luck Dame  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The second of three film adaptations of Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon," this film has notable connections to both other versions. First, this film's screenwriter, Brown Holmes, was also credited as a screenwriter on The Maltese Falcon (1931), directed by Roy Del Ruth. Second, this film's cinematographer, Arthur Edeson, was also the director of photography for John Huston's The Maltese Falcon (1941). Third, Warren William, who plays the Sam Spade character (Ted Shane) in this film, also played Perry Mason in a series of films beginning in 1934, but was replaced in 1936 by Ricardo Cortez - who had played Sam Spade in the 1931 "Maltese Falcon". Finally, Bette Davis filled in for Raymond Burr when he had to have surgery in Perry Mason: The Case of Constant Doyle (1963). See more »

Goofs

The sign at the site of the first murder is misspelled; it reads "Glen Lawn Cemetary." See more »

Quotes

Ted Shayne: Find anything in the divan?
Anthony Travers: Only a few hairpins and some loose change.
Ted Shayne: [holding out hat] Come across!
See more »

Connections

Version of The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

I'd Rather Listen to Your Eyes
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music during and after Shayne ransacks Miss Purvis' room
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Little Hammett - A Lot Of Ham
25 July 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A cynical private eye becomes entangled with a gang of dangerous criminals trying to find a fabled ram's horn.

SATAN MET A LADY is an alternate movie version of Dashiell Hammett's ‘Maltese Falcon' and has received much criticism because it isn't closer to the Bogart model. This is unfortunate, as the film has much going for it and should not be placed into unfair comparison with the more famous film. Here is a lighthearted, comedic take on the story, full of snappy dialogue and a few good laughs. It is quite able to stand on its own.

Although she receives top billing, Bette Davis is rather overshadowed by the over-the-top acting of her costars. Her mystery woman character gets to act suitably dangerous, but her talent is seldom really engaged. Indeed, this would be one of the films which would soon put Davis into rebellion against Warner Bros. in her demand for better roles.

Warren William plays detective Ted Shayne (no Sam Spade here) in a wonderfully sardonic manner, always ready to puncture the balloons of pomposity around him, whether they be from client, criminal or cop; here he even turns a graveyard murder site into the location for a few deadpan utterances. With his patrician profile and glib delivery, William was always enjoyable to watch; it is a shame this very fine actor is so obscure today.

British character actress Alison Skipworth steals her few scenes as the elderly Madame Barabbas, the grandmotherly criminal mastermind with the looks of a sweet old lady and the instincts of a born killer. Arthur Treacher is marvelously droll as an English gentleman crook, apologetic & polite, seeking the ram's horn.

Pert & pretty, Marie Wilson scores in her role as William's ditzy secretary. Winifred Shaw plays the glamorous widow of William's late partner. An uncredited Maynard Holmes appears as Miss Skipworth's gunsel nephew.


17 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Forgot The Pipe Case Again? curlew-2
Its a gag, people! edalweber
Discuss Satan Met a Lady (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page