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Satan Met a Lady (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 22 July 1936 (USA)
In this spoof of the story The Maltese Falcon (1941) is based on, a double-crossing woman, the two-timing P.I. she hired, the corpulent "empress of crime", and a gentleman thief are all after a legendary priceless eighth-century ram's horn.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Brown Holmes (screen play), Dashiell Hammett (based on a novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Valerie Purvis
Warren William ... Ted Shane
Alison Skipworth ... Madame Barabbas
Arthur Treacher ... Anthony Travers
Marie Wilson ... Miss Murgatroyd
Wini Shaw ... Astrid Ames (as Winifred Shaw)
Porter Hall ... Milton Ames
Olin Howland ... Detective Dunhill
Charles C. Wilson ... Detective Pollock (as Charles Wilson)
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Storyline

Sardonic detective Shane, thrown out of one town for bringing trouble, heads for home and his ex-partner's detective agency. The business is in a sad way, and Shane, who has had the forethought to provide himself with a 250-dollar commission from an old lady on the train, is welcomed with open arms. When pretty Valerie Purvis walks in the next day willing to pay over the odds to put a tail on the man who did her wrong, Shane's way with the ladies looks like paying off yet again. But things start to go wrong when his partner is murdered, and Shane himself comes home to find his apartment wrecked by a gentlemanly crook who comes back to apologise -- and to tell him a fascinating fairy-story about the fabled Horn of Roland that looks like not being so mythical after all. Miss Purvis wants protection. The police want answers. And all sorts of people want the 'French horn'... but Shane is one jump ahead of everyone all the way. Well, almost. Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man in the Black Hat See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the film, Madame Barabbas offers Shayne $100,000 for him to retrieve the Horn and deliver it to her. To seal the deal, she gives him a $2,000 advance. In 2019 dollars, due to inflation, this is equivalent to approximately $1.8 million and $37 thousand, respectively. See more »

Goofs

In his discussion with Madame Barabbas, Shane tells her the item she seeks is so valuable that it is worth her paying him plenty to find it. But actor Warren William muffs the line, saying "It's worth playing me plenty." See more »

Quotes

Ted Shayne: What are you doing tonight?
Miss Murgatroyd: I've got a date.
Ted Shayne: Break it, Precious, and you and I will have a lot of fun.
Miss Murgatroyd: Well, forgive me if I don't break a date I already had. It was with a most thoughtful fellow named - named Shayne.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Georgia Brown
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Maceo Pinkard and Ben Bernie
Played by the band at the nightclub
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2nd film version of The Maltese Falcon (sort of)
27 March 2010 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

this 2nd version of the original 1931 film is a remake of sorts.the story is similar,but there's more going on.it's more complicated.the characters are quite similar to the original,with a few minor differences.the names are all different.and the biggest difference is the object of everybody's attention.there's no Falcon,Maltese or otherwise,in this version.instead it's something else that everybody wants.i can't say i liked or disliked this version more than the 1931 version.they both have their merits.i will say though that i preferred Ricardo Cortez as Sam Spade to Warren William as Ted Shane(the Sam Spade Character).i also thought the part of Shane's was a bit too stereotypical of how women were portrayed back.they made her seem weak and ditsy.in the original,her character was stronger,in my opinion.on the plus side,i was really impressed with how great an actress Bette Davis was.so i guess it evens out in the wash.for me,Satan Met a Lady is a 7/10


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