- Madam Satan
name = Madam Satan
Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
Jeanie Macpherson Gladys Unger
Clifford Grey Elsie Janis Herbert Stothart(music: "Ballet Mecanique" - title uncredited)
released = 1930
runtime = 116 mins
country = United States
language = English
imdb_id = 0021106
"Madam Satan" (1930) was produced and directed by
Cecil B. DeMilleas a musical drama for MGM, one of the few films DeMille made for the Culver Citystudio. It has been called one of the oddest films DeMille made and certainly one of the oddest films MGM made during its "golden age." [Robert Osborne, introduction to telecast on Turner Classic Movies]
The zeppelin sequences were originally filmed in
Technicolor. [ Los Angeles Times: Feb 21, 1930. p. A10 ] The film, however, was released in black and white due to the backlash against musicals which made the extra expense of color superfluous. The same thing occurred with another MGM musical, " Children of Pleasure" (1930), whose color sequences were similarly released in black and white. The original color sequences to "Madam Satan" no longer exist.
Angela Brooks (
Kay Johnson) discovers that her husband Bob ( Reginald Denny) is cheating on her with another woman, Trixie ( Lillian Roth). Learning that her husband intends to go to a costume ball on a moored dirigiblein New York City, Angela disguises herself and attempts to "vamp" her husband. During the ball there are a number of exotic musical numbers. At the climax, a thunderstorm causes the dirigible to break lose and everyone is forced to parachute into the reservoir in Central Park.
Kay Johnsonas "Angela Brooks"
*Reginald Denny as "Bob Brooks"
Lillian Rothas "Trixie"
Roland Youngas "Jimmy Wade"
Elsa Petersonas Martha - Angela's Maid
Jack Kingas "Herman" (pianist)
Eddie Prinz"Riff" (banjo player
Boyd Irwinas "Zeppelin Captain"
Wallace MacDonaldas "First Mate"
Tyler Brookeas "Romeo"
Ynez Seaburyas "Babo"
Theodore Kosloffas "Electricity"
Julanne Johnstonas "Miss Conning Tower"
Martha Sleeperas "Fish Girl"
Doris McMahonas "Water"
Jeanie MacPhersonand Gladys Unger
*Music: Clifford Grey, Elsie Janis, Herbert Stothart
*Cinematography: Harold Rosson
*Film Editing: Anne Bauchens
Cedric Gibbonsand Mitchell Leisen
*Costume Design: Adrian
The original black and white release print is extant. The original Technicolor sequences exist only in this black and white copy.
* [http://www.tcm.com/thismonth/article.jsp?cid=72486&mainArticleId=72479 Turner Classic Movies Article]
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