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The Devil to Pay! (1930)

TV-G | | Comedy, Romance | 20 December 1930 (USA)
Spendthrift Willie Leyland again returns to the family home in London penniless. His father is none too pleased but Willie smooth-talks him into letting him stay. At the same time he turns ... See full summary »

Director:

George Fitzmaurice (as Geo. Fitzmaurice)

Writers:

Frederick Lonsdale (story and dialogue), Benjamin Glazer (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... Willie Hale
Frederick Kerr ... Lord Leland
Loretta Young ... Dorothy
David Torrence ... Mr. Hope
Florence Britton ... Susan
Myrna Loy ... Mary
Paul Cavanagh ... Grand Duke Paul
Crauford Kent ... Arthur (as Crawford Kent)
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Storyline

Spendthrift Willie Leyland again returns to the family home in London penniless. His father is none too pleased but Willie smooth-talks him into letting him stay. At the same time he turns the charm on Dorothy Hope, whose father is big in linoleum and who, before Willie's arrival, was about to become engaged to a Russian aristocrat. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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AUDACIOUS MR 1931 GOES A-COURTING. May we present this well-bred English Aristocrat, a Devilishly Incorrect Scamp? He made love in a crazy way, and women were crazy about it! (Print Ad- The Press, ((Christchurch, NZ)) 5 December 1931)

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fræk og frimodig See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film's original director was Irving Cummings with Dorothy being played by Constance Cummings. After some scenes were shot, George Fitzmaurice replaced Cummings as director, and Loretta Young took over the role of Dorothy, with all previous scenes re-shot. See more »

Goofs

Boom microphone shadow is unmistakable in a number of interior scenes toward the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

Lord Leland: Here it is half-past nine and not a sign of him.
Dorothy Hope: Have you called the police?
Lord Leland: Do you know Master Willie?
Dorothy Hope: No, I've never met him.
Lord Leland: Well, if you had, you'd know telephoning a policeman's wife would be more effective.
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Soundtracks

Here We Go Gathering Nuts in May
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by Ronald Colman, Loretta Young and Florence Britton with modified lyrics.
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Cute romantic comedy - watch it for Loretta Young and Ronald Colman
1 April 2017 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

The title notwithstanding, this is a cute little romantic comedy from 1930, and features a lot of star power in Ronald Colman, Myrna Loy, and a very young Loretta Young. Colman is the devil-may-care son of a rich old man who has squandered various opportunities, and is returning home from his most recent in British East Africa. He's so charming and smooth, and you can't help but like the lightness with which he approaches life. He's got a girlfriend in theater star Myrna Loy, but soon falls for the engaged daughter of a friend of the family, Loretta Young. It's interesting to consider the ages of these actors: Young, fresh-faced and just 17(!), Loy, 25, and Colman, 39, but somehow he pulls it off. Young is a bit too girlish in the early scenes in the film, but settles in eventually, and is also quite endearing. Watch it for the two of them.


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