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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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Taglines:

The sort of fellow you don't invite in your home...and your wife does. (Print Ad-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 7 February 1931) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The two leads in this movie Ronald Colman and Loretta Young would win their only Academy Award in the same year in 1947. Ronald Colman would win Best Actor for A Double Life (1947) and Loretta Young would win Best Actress for The Farmer's Daughter (1947) See more »

Goofs

When Willie is in conference with Lord Leland, the details of the fireplace can be seen in detail, and it is obvious that the inside is a flat painted to resemble a hearth. See more »

Quotes

Lord Leland: Well, then, what do you want to go to New Zealand for?
Willie Hale: Because, if I ever want to go to Australia, I'll be near.
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Connections

Referenced in The House on 56th Street (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

One Heavenly Night
(uncredited)
from One Heavenly Night (1930)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
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A delightful, witty comedy done with class.
26 December 2002 | by jackchildSee all my reviews

Willie Leyland (Ronald Colman) returns to England to old girlfriend (Myrna Loy), but meets new girl (Loretta Young). The repartee between the characters is delightful. My favourite scene is when Ronald Colman is writing a letter to Myrna Loy to break off their relationship. He has gotten a dog upon his return to England, and he asks for the dog's comments while he's composing the letter.

The film is well done, and the charm of Ronald Colman and Loretta Young makes the story a "must see".


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil to Pay! See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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