|MADAM SATAN (director: Cecil B. DeMille; screenwriters: Jeanie Macpherson/Gladys Unger/Elsie Janis; cinematographer: Harold Rosson; editor: Anne Bauchens; music: Herbert Stothart; cast: Kay Johnson (Angela Brooks), Reginald Denny (Bob Brooks), Lillian Roth (Trixie), Roland Young (Jimmy Wade), Elsa Peterson (Martha), Boyd Irwin (Captain), Katherine DeMille (Extra), Theodore Kosloff (Electricity, "Ballet Mechanique"); Runtime: 105; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Cecil B. DeMille; Warner Archive Collection (MGM); 1930)|
by Dennis Schwartz
An unpopular and
overlong racy Pre-Code musical extravaganza
film, that blends together comedy and drama,
doing neither much justice. It takes place
aboard a dirigible, mounted to a tower in
Central Park. It tells a story about a devious
Johnson), She's a passenger
posing as a notorious femme
fatale at a wild masquerade party aboard a
zeppelin, to win back her straying rich
Denny). It has an undeserved happy
ending, as even though the dirigible crashes
in the climax the couple reunites. It's helmed
in an artificial rigid manner by Cecil B.
DeMille ("The Greatest
Show on Earth"/"Manslaughter"/"The
Ten Commandments"), whose art of
direction stinks. It's written by the team of Jeanie Macpherson, Gladys Unger and Elsie Jani,
whose script stinks. In other words, the pic is a
bad girl Lillian Roth sings a few songs, and is the
lady that gets wife jealous. The future Topper, Roland
Young, plays the party-going drunk pal of Reginald.
Of note, the flop was DeMille's only musical.
REVIEWED ON 9/14/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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