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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

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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The stage play on which this film is based was adapted into a stage musical, "Everybody's Welcome" in which Oscar Shaw ("The Cocoanuts") played the lead. The show ran for an unimpressive 139 performances in 1931-32 but gave the world the song "As Time Goes By." See more »

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Remade as Thanks for the Memory (1938) See more »

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Believe Me If All Those Endearing Charms
Written by Thomas Moore
Hummed briefly by Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher as he requests entrance to an apartment building
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Too Dated
11 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

After a year of marriage, Carole Lombard takes a job in a chorus line so husband Norman Foster can quit his job and write full time. However, with the traditional roles of breadwinner and homemaker reversed, Foster gets cabin fever. They haven't the money to party with their old friends, and Foster finds it humiliating to have to ask his wife for money. Their marriage explodes.

It's based on a play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, and director A. Edward Sutherland has not opened up the sets much; it almost all takes place in their one-bedroom apartment. Despite a good cast and some fine comic bits, particularly by Skeets Gallagher, it is far too old-fashioned to be more than a high-brow version of those slapstick two-reelers in which husband and wife swap roles.

It was popular enough in its day. A musical version played on Broadway in the early 1930s and introduced the song "As Time Goes By."


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