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Poor Devil (1973)

A young down on his luck resident of Hell (Sammy Davis, Jr.) is given a chance to redeem himself by signing up a down on his luck retail accountant to sell his soul to Lucifer.


Robert Scheerer


Richard Baer (story), Earl Barret (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Sammy
Christopher Lee ... Lucifer
Jack Klugman ... Burnett J. Emerson
Adam West ... Dennis Crawford
Gino Conforti ... Bligh
Emily Yancy Emily Yancy ... Chelsea
Madlyn Rhue ... Frances Emerson
Alan Manson Alan Manson ... Mr. Marley
Ken Lynch ... Desk Sergeant
Byron Webster ... Blackbeard
Buddy Lester ... Al Capone
Owen Bush ... Tom
Nicholas Georgiade ... Bob Younger
Don Ross Don Ross ... Eddie
Lila Teigh Lila Teigh ... Woman


A bumbling assistant to Satan (Sammy Davis, Jr.) hasn't gotten a soul for him for 1,400 years. He gets one last chance when he's assigned get the soul of a down and out retail department store accountant (Jack Klugman). Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Sammy at his comic best as the most inept Devil's messenger this side of Hades!


Comedy | Fantasy


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Satan was big in 1970 San Francisco.
12 July 2004 | by pery-1See all my reviews

It's easy to see why this was not picked up as a series. The best performance is by Adam West, who gleefully plays the villain.

All that's memorable about this pilot is historical. You see outdoor scenes in San Francisco, and the clothing of the time. In this pilot a character is trying to get in touch with the underworld, and starts to phone the Church of Satan downtown. Satan (a youthful-looking Christopher Lee) uses the upside-down pentagram, with horns on it. The 2 fingered sign of Satan with a twist of the wrist, enables a devil to disappear.

Sammy Davis who plays a devil was for a time a member of the Church of Satan. He socialized with the LaVeys and wore his Church of Satan medallion in public.

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Release Date:

14 February 1973 (USA) See more »

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Pobre diablo See more »

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San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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