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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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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

This was Frederick Lonsdale's first original screenplay, and it was not based on a play, as some references state. 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: 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

I Belong to Everybody
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
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Young and Coleman
28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Devil to Pay, The (1930)

** (out of 4)

An adventurer (Ronald Coleman) who can't do anything right in life gets involved with a woman (Loretta Young) who's about to be married to another man, which sets off various events. This film is pretty routine even for 1930 as we've seen this type of love triangle in various films. Coleman is very good in his role and his fast, energetic performance makes the film fly by. Young is equally good bring her natural charm and cuteness to her role. Myrna Loy, Frederick Kerr and David Torrence also deliver fine performances. The film runs a quick paced 72-minutes and this flies by but the screenplay could have done better for the performers.


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