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Madam Satan (1930)

Angela and Bob Brooks are an upper class couple. Unfortunately, Bob is an unfaithful husband. But Angela has a plan to win back her husband's affections. An elaborate masquerade ball is to ... See full summary »

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Jeanie Macpherson (by), Gladys Unger (by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Johnson ... Angela Brooks / Madam Satan
Reginald Denny ... Bob Brooks
Lillian Roth ... Trixie
Roland Young ... Jimmy Wade
Elsa Peterson ... Martha - the Maid
Jack King Jack King ... Herman
Eddie Prinz Eddie Prinz ... Biff (as Edward Prinz)
Boyd Irwin Boyd Irwin ... Zeppelin Captain
Wallace MacDonald ... First Mate
Tyler Brooke Tyler Brooke ... Romeo
Ynez Seabury ... Babo
Theodore Kosloff ... Electricity
Julanne Johnston ... Miss Conning Tower
Martha Sleeper ... Fish Girl
Doris McMahon ... Water
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Storyline

Angela and Bob Brooks are an upper class couple. Unfortunately, Bob is an unfaithful husband. But Angela has a plan to win back her husband's affections. An elaborate masquerade ball is to be held aboard a magnificent dirigible. Angela will attend and disguise herself as a mysterious devil woman. Hidden behind her mask, and wrapped in an alluring gown, Angela as the devil woman will to try to seduce her unknowing husband and teach him a lesson. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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A NIGHT OF REVELRY AND LOVE CLIMAXED BY THE WRECK OF A ZEPPELIN WITH ALL ABOARD! (Print ad- Albany Evening News, ((Albany NY)) 6 October 1930) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madam Satan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$980,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,005
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

During the Ballet Mécanique, when a masked person adorned in lightning bolts appears, Morse code is heard. It seems to be intended to repeat the word 'POWER' although the first time it says 'WOWEL' - apparently due to a misplaced 'dot' in the coded message. See more »

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Angela closes the same door twice when she visits Trixie's appartment. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Angela Brooks: Oh, Bobbikin, did you have a beautiful bath?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown with smoke rising in the background, a reference to "satan", as mentioned in the title. See more »

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Featured in Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Meet Madam
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Herbert Stothart
Lyrics by Clifford Grey
Performed by Kay Johnson and party guests
Later played on piano and sung by Kay Johnson
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A Tepid Affair to Remember
14 April 2004 | by rsyungSee all my reviews

I found Madam Satan a rather strange hybrid of melodrama and musical, with elements of sex farce thrown in for good measure. It is divided into two distinct halves: the first takes place at the home of Bob and Angela, and at Trixie's flat. Then, it's aboard a moored Zeppelin for the second half for the party and the bulk of the musical numbers. A few witty ripostes here and there, some occasionally charming musical numbers, but overall a rather tepid affair. I just don't think Reginald Denny and Kay Johnson have the onscreen charisma to do this story justice. Roland Young is always amusing with his befuddled manner, in a sort of warm up to his Topper movies, but with Denny and Johnson to play against, he becomes the most interesting character by default.

But the film is interesting in its moralizing about straying husbands and a wife's duty to spice up the marriage, considering DeMille's own unsatisfactory marriage and philandering ways. Setting the second half aboard a Zeppelin with its sinking ship analogies probably seemed very modern at the time, and it is interesting to note that even six years before the Hindenburg disaster, a Hollywood movie exploits the inherent danger to such a mode of transportation. Perhaps with a really sparkling script by a master screenwriter such as Robert Riskin, and more luminous leads, this could have been a major delight instead of a trifle.


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