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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 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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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame Satan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$980,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White | Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film received one of its first, and rare early television broadcasts in San Francisco Monday 27 October 1958 on KGO-TV (Channel 7). Although occasional telecasts in less prominent markets did take place, there is no reliable documentation that it was ever televised in New York City, Los Angeles or Philadelphia at this time. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Low Down
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Jack King
Lyrics by Elsie Janis
Played on piano by Jack King and on banjo by Eddie Prinz and sung by both
Sung by Lillian Roth in rehearsal
Played on piano and sung by Jack King and danced by Lillian Roth and Eddie Prinz
Reprised by Abe Lyman Orchestra (as "Abe Lyman and His Band") and sung by Lillian Roth and Kay Johnson at the party
Later reprised by Kay Johnson on piano and sung by her
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A great piece of empowerment.
18 March 2000 | by a_sf_treatSee all my reviews

Considering that this movie was made over 70 years ago when women had no choices, especially about the indiscretions of her husband, it showed self-empowerment to the max. The costumes by Adrian (a legend in his own time) as well as the direction of C.B. DeMille, were and still is, the zenith of their own fields. The disaster ending and the female "battle of their wits" were the high points. I especially like the "Cat Walk" number opening the entrance of the party venue aboard the zepplin. What a care-free time after WWI and before WWII. Lillian Roth, the authoress, did a fine acting/singing/dancing job and it was cute to see how daring those costumes really were even by todays standards. See this flick!


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