Madam Satan

Madam Satan

Director: Cecil B. DeMille Cast: Jack Byron, Mary Carlisle, Edwards Davis

DVD (Remastered / B&W / Full Frame)

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The second of Cecil B. DeMille's talkies (as well as his second for MGM), Madam Satan is an exercise in incoherence, but this doesn't detract one iota from its entertainment value. Kay Johnson plays the sedate wife of philandering Reginald Denny, who is currently carrying on with "jazz baby" Lillian Roth. In a desperate effort to win back her husband, Johnson disguises herself as the alluring, provocatively clothed "Madame Satan." In this guise, she attends a lavish charity costume party being thrown by socialite Roland Young on a dirigible moored high above New York Harbor. Failing to recognize his mousey little wife, Denny arranges for a rendezvous with Madame Satan. When she reveals her true identity, Denny is outraged and threatens divorce. Suddenly, the dirigible is struck by lightning; it breaks loose from its moorings, tossing its terrified passengers around and about. Denny behaves heroically in shepherding the passengers into their parachutes; meanwhile, Johnson gives up her own parachute to save Roth. Coming to the mutual realization that each is worthy of the other's love, Johnson and Denny are reunited. Though when taken out of context, the dirigible sequence appears to be the ultimate in campy melodrama, this scene and all the scenes that built up to it are played for laughs: DeMille didn't take this farrago any more seriously in 1930 than we do today. Highlights include several unexpected and charmingly innapropriate musical numbers, including a bizarre "Ballet Mechanique" featuring dancer Theodore Kosloff. Though DeMille carefully threw in every ingredient that he hoped would appeal to a mass audience, Madam Satan was one of his few box office flops.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2010
UPC: 0883316287651
Original Release: 1930
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:45:00
Sales rank: 23,921

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Byron Actor
Mary Carlisle Actor
Edwards Davis Actor
Dorothy Dehn Actor
Countess de Liguoro Spain
Katherine de Mille Actor
Betty Francisco Little Rolls Riding Hood
Maine Geary Actor
Kenneth Gibson Actor
Vera Gordon Actor
Ella Hall Actor
Lorimer Johnston Actor
Allan Lane Actor
Wilfred Lucas A Roman Senator
Mary McAllister Actor
June Nash Actor
Louis Natheaux Actor
Henry Stockbridge Actor
Marie Valli Confusion
Natalie Visart Actor
Kay Johnson Angela Brooks
Reginald Denny Bob Brooks
Lillian Roth Trixie
Roland Young Jimmy Wade
Else Petersen Martha
Tyler Brooke Romeo
Jack King Herman the Pianist
Eddie Prinz Biff
Boyd Irwin Captain
Wallace MacDonald First Mate
Ynez Seabury Babo
Theodore Kosloff Electricity
Julanne Johnston Miss Conning Tower
Martha Sleeper Fish Girl
Doris McMahon Water
Vera Marsh Call of the Wild
Albert Conti Empire Officer
Earl Askam Pirate
Lotus Thompson Eve

Technical Credits
Cecil B. DeMille Director,Producer
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Anne Bauchens Editor
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Clifford Grey Score Composer
Elsie Janis Screenwriter
Jack King Songwriter
Mitchell Leisen Asst. Director,Production Designer
Jeannie Macpherson Screenwriter
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Cullen Tate Asst. Director
Gladys Unger Screenwriter

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