- The Delicious Little Devil
The Delicious Little Devil Directed by Robert Z. Leonard Written by John B. Clymer
Harvey F. Thew
Starring Mae Murray
William V. Mong
Distributed by Universal Film Manufacturing Company Release date(s) May 20, 1919 Running time 53 min. Country U.S.A. Language Silent film
The Delicious Little Devil is a 1919 black-and-white silent film starring Mae Murray and Rudolph Valentino. A sole remaining print was discovered in the Nederlands Filmmuseum and has since joined Valentino's Beyond the Rocks on DVD.
Mary McGuire (Mae Murray) is a working-class young girl who lives in a New York tenement and supports her mother and her shiftless father and uncle.
Two items in the March 27, 1919 edition of the New York Star catch her attention. The first is a news item about the famous dancer Gloria du Moine going into hiding over a scandal involving her relationship with the Duke de Sauterne. The second is a classified ad for the Peach Tree Inn, a nightspot that aims to be the "snappiest roadhouse this side of Monte Carlo." The Peach Tree's ad seeks a female hostess and dancer: "A Good Future For A Girl With A Past."
Mary applies for the job. To help cinch the deal, Mary tells Peach Tree manager Larry McKean (William V. Mong) that she's really Gloria du Moine. Larry asks her why she's dressed so shabbily. Mary replies that her servant absconded with all of her clothing, leaving her to wear the servant's clothes.
Mary—or rather, Gloria—gets the job, and the Peach Tree Inn promotes its grand opening night, featuring Gloria du Moine.
In the audience for Gloria du Moine's Peach Tree opening night is Jimmy Calhoun (Rudolph Valentino), scion of the millionaire contractor Michael Calhoun (Edward Jobson). The young Calhoun meets Gloria and finds her enchanting. He tells his father he'd like to propose to her.
Michael Calhoun arranges a small, private dinner party at the Peach Tree Inn in honor of Gloria. The elder Calhoun hopes that Gloria will make some sort of faux pas that will discourage his son from seeking her hand in marriage.
Meanwhile, the Duke de Sauterne (Bertram Grassby) has arrived in New York from Europe and noted the press announcements touting Gloria du Moine's performances at the Peach Tree Inn. The duke sets out to see her at the roadhouse, and his arrival coincides with Michael Calhoun's dinner party.
The duke is escorted into Calhoun's private room. He gives no indication that Gloria du Moine is an imposter.
At sunrise, the dinner party guests are still at the Peach Tree Inn, sleeping off the drinks they consumed during the evening. Gloria/Mary wakes up and hurries upstairs to her lavish private suite. The duke also wakes up and follows her, and Jimmy follows him. Jimmy and the duke get into a fight, and the duke sends Jimmy tumbling down the staircase.
Mary runs outside, gets into a car and heads for her family's tenement apartment in New York City. The duke and Jimmy follow her separately in their own cars. The duke arrives first, follows Mary up the stairs to the apartment and forces his way in. He grabs Mary and tries to kiss her. Jimmy arrives and engages the duke in another fight.
A detective arrives and apprehends the duke for deportation to Europe on accusations of being a swindler.
Jimmy's father arrives, notes Mary's humble surroundings and grants his blessing for Jimmy to marry her.
- Mae Murray - Mary McGuire
- Rudolph Valentino - Jimmy Calhoun
- Bertram Grassby - Duke de Sauterne
- William V. Mong - Larry McKean, Peach Tree Inn manager
- Burt Woodruff - Musk, Peach Tree Inn proprietor
- Ivor McFadden - Percy, neighborhood butcher boy and Mary's friend
- Gertrude Astor - Woman with the talcum powder (uncredited)
- The Delicious Little Devil at the Internet Movie Database
- The Delicious Little Devil at AllRovi
- The Delicious Little Devil at the silentera.com database
- The Delicious Little Devil lantern slide plate
- screen cap: Valentino, Mae Murray, Edward Jobson
The films of Robert Z. Leonard 1910sThe Silent Command • Heritage • Judge Not; or The Woman of Mona Diggings • Secret Love • The Crippled Hand • The Love Girl • Little Eve Edgarton • The Plow Girl • The Eagle's Wing (with Rufus Steele) • On Record • A Mormon Maid • The Primrose Ring • At First Sight • Princess Virtue • Face Value • The Bride's Awakening • Her Body in Bond • Modern Love • Danger, Go Slow • The Scarlet Shadow • The Delicious Little Devil • What Am I Bid? • Big Little Person • The Way of a Woman • The Miracle of Love 1920sStronger Than Death (with Herbert Blaché and Charles Bryant) • April Folly • The Restless Sex (with Leon D'Usseau) • The Gilded Lily • Heedless Moths • Peacock Alley • Fascination • Broadway Rose • Jazzmania • The French Doll • Fashion Row • Mademoiselle Midnight • Circe, the Enchantress • Love's Wilderness • Cheaper to Marry • Time, the Comedian • Bright Lights • Dance Madness • Mademoiselle Modiste • The Waning Sex • A Little Journey • The Demi-Bride • Adam and Evil • Tea for Three • The Five O'Clock Girl • Baby Mine • The Cardboard Lover • A Lady of Chance • Marianne • Marianne 1930sThe Divorcee • In Gay Madrid • Let Us Be Gay • The Bachelor Father • It's a Wise Child • Five and Ten • Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) • Lovers Courageous • Strange Interlude • Peg o' My Heart • Dancing Lady • Outcast Lady • After Office Hours • Naughty Marietta (with W. S. Van Dyke) • Escapade • The Great Ziegfeld • Piccadilly Jim • Maytime • The Firefly • The Girl of the Golden West • Broadway Serenade 1940s 1950s SerialsThe Master Key (1914) ProductionsPeacock Alley (1930)
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