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Up Pops the Devil (1931)

The marriage of an advertising man is jeopardized when he gets a chance to sell a novel he's been working on and quits his job to concentrate on writing. In order to support the family, the... See full summary »

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Frances Goodrich (play), Albert Hackett (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Biney Hatfield (as Skeets Gallagher)
Stuart Erwin ... Stranger
Carole Lombard ... Anne Merrick
Lilyan Tashman ... Polly Griscom
Norman Foster ... Steve Merrick
Edward J. Nugent ... George Kent
Theodore von Eltz ... Gilbert Morrell
Joyce Compton ... Luella May Carroll
Willie Best ... Laundryman (as Sleep 'n' Eat)
Eulalie Jensen ... Mrs. Kent
Harry Beresford ... Mr. Platt
Effie Ellsler Effie Ellsler ... Mrs. Platt
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The marriage of an advertising man is jeopardized when he gets a chance to sell a novel he's been working on and quits his job to concentrate on writing. In order to support the family, the wife is forced to take a job as a dancer in a Broadway show. As the marriage begins to fall apart, complications ensue when she discovers that she's pregnant. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vingança Diabólica See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and may have never been televised. See more »

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Husband and wife exchange roles
22 June 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Up Pops The Devil was a Broadway play by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich which ran for 148 performances on Broadway, a most respectable run for the Depression years. It is most dated since it rigidly defines the gender roles of the day. I doubt will see the play revived or the movie remade.

Norman Foster and Carole Lombard are husband and wife. He's an ad man who dabbles in writing, she's your typical homemaker. When he gets a nibble on one of his story ideas he can't work on that exclusively so she goes to work as a showgirl for nightclub owner Theodore Von Eltz. He stays at home and is real unhappy the wife is supporting the household.

They used to entertain a lot, but it turns out Foster can't budget and manage money the way Lombard could. Parties are out, a lot of what they did is out. Both also spark interest from other parties for affairs.

Best in the film is a cameo from Stu Erwin as an inebriated stranger who wanders in off the street because it looks like a good time is to be had.

It's a good film, but it's a museum piece, terribly dated.


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