Madam Satan

A man is bewitched by the mysterious Madam Satan he meets at a lavish masquerade ball. Does this mean the end of his marriage to the demure spouse he left at home?


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Madam Satan
 
4.1

(based on 10 reviews)

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Pros

  • Entertaining (7)
  • High production value (6)
  • Engaging characters (4)
  • Great cinematography (4)
  • Original (3)

Cons

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One of a Kind

The three films that Cecil B. DeMille made for M-G-M are all unusual and worth seeing, but Madam Satan wins the prize as the most bizarre of the bunch. DeMille's first sound movie...Read complete review

The three films that Cecil B. DeMille made for M-G-M are all unusual and worth seeing, but Madam Satan wins the prize as the most bizarre of the bunch. DeMille's first sound movie was actually quite good, and so his leading lady, Kay Johnson, appears again as another society woman, but this time her husband (Reginald Denny) is cheating on her with Lillian Roth. Roland Young is Denny's pal who spends most of the film looking ridiculous trying to be the comedy relief.

When Johnson is trying to deal with her husband's infidelity, the movie takes a left turn as she and her maid break into song. We ask, is this film a musical or a domestic drama? But that's just the warm-up. Johnson is determined to win her husband back, and during a wild party on a dirigible with large production numbers, wild decor and weird costumes, she turns up as Madam Satan, complete with mask and a French accent. She is found out, and then lightening causes the dirigible to become dislodged and the guests must get safely back down to earth.

Only DeMille could have come up with such unbelievable and outrageous situations and characters. This film is tremendously popular with early sound film fans who treasure this and such other films as "Golden Dawn," another utterly bizarre film which is guaranteed to leave most people with dropped jaws during a screening. DeMille soon realized that the behavior of moneyed people was not interesting to audiences who could barely feed themselves thanks to the depression. "Madam Satan" was an expensive flop, and his last M-G-M film, yet another remake of the "The Squaw Man," was the breaking point for Louis B. Mayer.

DeMille would soon return to Paramount and return to something surefire - the Bible. He made "The Sound of the Cross," another outrageous movie that pushed the envelope with regard to taste. Lost in all of this was poor Kay Johnson, a talented actress whose career never recovered from her appearances with DeMille.

Print quality is very good. This is a perfect gift for the movie lover who has interest in DeMille and early sound films. There is nothing quite like this film anywhere, and I recommend it highly.

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Costuming was incredible

Being a lover of old classic movies I jumped at purchasing this movie as a gift for my husband. We watched it and found that while visually the costumes and sets were stunning the...Read complete review

Being a lover of old classic movies I jumped at purchasing this movie as a gift for my husband. We watched it and found that while visually the costumes and sets were stunning the acting and musical numbers left much to be desired. Too bad they didn't leave the masquerade scene in color it would have spiced it up a bit. All in all for the era that it was produced in I would say watch it just for the nostalgia. Thankfully De Mille never made another musical. The heroine never should have sung a word. But the parachute scene was quite entertaining. Costuming by Adrian was amazing as always.

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4.0

Pre-code DeMille Meets MGM.

By Nick at Nite

from San Mateo, Ca

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Great Cinematography
  • High Production Value

Cons

  • Original For The Time

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Comments about Madam Satan:

That great cinematic pioneer C.B. DeMille who co-founded the Famous Lasky Players, which, in turn, established the major Hollywood studio, Paramount Pictures, directed three films for MGM. "Dynamite" (starring a young Charles Bickford), yet another clichéd remake of "The Squaw Man", and, this tale of boudoir infidelity, Madam Satan. In retrospect, this film is by far the best of the three. This being an MGM film, naturally, one can expect a few musical numbers, but, it's the masquerade ball aboard a dirigible high above the New York Skyline which is suddenly caught in a thunder and lightning storm (prophetically foreshadowing the great Hindenburg disaster seven years later)forcing the party revelers to jump ship via parachute that is an absolute hoot! The film also features actress/chanteuse Lillian Roth (who tragically succumbed to alcoholism early in her career becoming the subject of another terrific MGM bio starring an Oscar turn by Susan Hayward in "I'll Cry Tomorrow")that makes this film an absolute must-see!

 
5.0

I would buy it again ,it is that good!!

By Rob Film Historian

from Ozone Park,NY

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Pros

  • Beautiful Setting
  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Excellent Quality
  • Excellent Special Effects
  • Great Cinematography
  • High Production Value
  • Near Mint Film Perfection
  • Talented Acting
  • What A Wonderful Year 193

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    Comments about Madam Satan:

    Best bedroom farce. A wonderful Precode movie. What a wonderful year 1930 was. A much simpler time. And so much fun indeed. Roland Young gives a fine performance in a supporting role early in his career prior to his fame in The Topper movies many years later. The climax is the Masqerade Ball party on a dirigible. The musical numbers are superb. The lead actress and suporting actress have a fun rivalry and a good chemistry. The impending disaster of the threating thunderstorm and lighting adds just enough drama to this lighthearted comedy/musical. The ending is worth waiting to see how it all ends. It is a wonderful treat to see this film . It is in near mint condition.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A fascinating oddity

    By Awash in movies

    from Pittsburgh, PA

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    Pros

    • Beautiful Setting
    • Entertaining
    • High Production Value

    Cons

    • Poor Plot Development
    • Weak Cast

    Best Uses

    • At Home

    Comments about Madam Satan:

    This is one of the weirdest movies I've ever seen (and I've seen some dillies). Made by Cecil B. DeMille during his brief period away from Paramount, this film is a grotesque mixture of 1) the kind of sophisticated sex farce DeMille had specialized in during the silent era; 2) part musical (with some truly dreadful songs); 3) part diasaster movie; and 4) part splashy spectacle--and I hasten to add that as corny as his movies tend to be, DeMille really knew how to do screen spectacle. The cast, dialog and story are all pretty creaky; only Roland Young comes off especially well. But DeMille's visual flair (along with some fantastic costumes by Mitchell Leisen) more than save it from being a total loss.

    I'd be fascinated to know how this film ever got a green light. It's light years away from MGM's usual product. If you're not an avid film buff or a devotee of orgies on zeppelins, it won't offer you mcuh. But if you're as knee-deep in classic film as I am, you'll find it a special (and highly bizarre) treat.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    One of a Kind

    By jeffsultanof

    from Paterson, NJ

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    Pros

    • Nothing like it

    Cons

    • For film buffs only

    Best Uses

    • Early sound film buffs

    Comments about Madam Satan:

    The three films that Cecil B. DeMille made for M-G-M are all unusual and worth seeing, but Madam Satan wins the prize as the most bizarre of the bunch. DeMille's first sound movie was actually quite good, and so his leading lady, Kay Johnson, appears again as another society woman, but this time her husband (Reginald Denny) is cheating on her with Lillian Roth. Roland Young is Denny's pal who spends most of the film looking ridiculous trying to be the comedy relief.

    When Johnson is trying to deal with her husband's infidelity, the movie takes a left turn as she and her maid break into song. We ask, is this film a musical or a domestic drama? But that's just the warm-up. Johnson is determined to win her husband back, and during a wild party on a dirigible with large production numbers, wild decor and weird costumes, she turns up as Madam Satan, complete with mask and a French accent. She is found out, and then lightening causes the dirigible to become dislodged and the guests must get safely back down to earth.

    Only DeMille could have come up with such unbelievable and outrageous situations and characters. This film is tremendously popular with early sound film fans who treasure this and such other films as "Golden Dawn," another utterly bizarre film which is guaranteed to leave most people with dropped jaws during a screening. DeMille soon realized that the behavior of moneyed people was not interesting to audiences who could barely feed themselves thanks to the depression. "Madam Satan" was an expensive flop, and his last M-G-M film, yet another remake of the "The Squaw Man," was the breaking point for Louis B. Mayer.

    DeMille would soon return to Paramount and return to something surefire - the Bible. He made "The Sound of the Cross," another outrageous movie that pushed the envelope with regard to taste. Lost in all of this was poor Kay Johnson, a talented actress whose career never recovered from her appearances with DeMille.

    Print quality is very good. This is a perfect gift for the movie lover who has interest in DeMille and early sound films. There is nothing quite like this film anywhere, and I recommend it highly.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    DeMille and a Dirigible Go to the Devil

    By Carll86

    from NYC, NY

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Excellent Remastering
    • Excellent Special Effects
    • Saucy pre-Code movie
    • Sci-Fi Dirigible Setting

    Cons

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      Comments about Madam Satan:

      Absolutely no EXTRAS on any Warner Archive DVD so far. Disappointing. Cassette cover provides scant information about film. A slip sheet in the cassette, at minimum, with the film credits would be a plus. Extra's might include 'trailers' or contemporary comments about the film, its cast, directors. As it is, I've mostly turned to [@] to flesh out these Warner Archive movies' histories.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      "I don't want your husband ... "

      By Henri Freud

      from Walnut Creek and Martinez, CA

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      Comments about Madam Satan:

      Madam Satan (1930) - Cecil B. DeMille. Written by Jeanie MacPherson, Gladys Unger and Elsie Janis. "As a matter of fact, I think you're above all other women -- but below zero." It's all mathematics and Angela Brooks (Kay Johnson) doesn't "know the half of it" until she finds herself under skin of Queen of Sin -- Madam Satan. "You told me I was below zero, so I raised my temperature!" Angela's absentee Park Avenue husband and transatlantic playboy Bob Brooks aka H-E Man (Reginald Denny) believes himself to be "a romantic guy. I crave warm affection and all I get is frozen justice." Bob's earthy 42nd St. showgirl Trixie (Lillian Roth) is "not a Jane, she's a ... counter-irritant" and his best pal James "Jimmy" Wade (Roland Young) may know how to throw parties, but he's no Cosmo Topper. "Put some pepper in it. Papa wants to squeeze!" DeMille's loopy and lethargic Pre-Code, pre-continuity vaudevillian musical pokes under guise of tell-tale PJs and collapses in foggy semblance of dirigible disaster (see Skyscraper Souls, One Hour With You). "I don't want your husband, I want a parachute!" (USA) ♥♥

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Costuming was incredible

      By Lyndatune

      from Buffalo,NY

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      Pros

      • Beautiful costumes
      • Clever special effects
      • Entertaining
      • Visually nice to look at

      Cons

      • Acting was overblown
      • Bad Vocals
      • Disappointing
      • Music was forgettable
      • Not What I Expected
      • Poor Plot Development

      Best Uses

      • Adult Viewers

      Comments about Madam Satan:

      Being a lover of old classic movies I jumped at purchasing this movie as a gift for my husband. We watched it and found that while visually the costumes and sets were stunning the acting and musical numbers left much to be desired. Too bad they didn't leave the masquerade scene in color it would have spiced it up a bit. All in all for the era that it was produced in I would say watch it just for the nostalgia. Thankfully De Mille never made another musical. The heroine never should have sung a word. But the parachute scene was quite entertaining. Costuming by Adrian was amazing as always.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      cecil b. demille classic

      By hemihead

      from the bronx, n.y.

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Great Cinematography
      • High Production Value
      • Original

      Cons

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        Comments about Madam Satan:

        a rare gem!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Kay Johnson revives her marriage

        By Nathan

        from the mountains of Western Montana

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        Pros

        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value
        • Original

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            Comments about Madam Satan:

            This Cecil B DeMille film is truly spectacular, culminating with over two hundred people jumping out of a crashing dirigible. The production is lavish and imaginative, but a weak cast limits my rating of this fascinating film to 4 stars.

            The main theme has a neglected wife fighting to revive her marriage. Dignified Kay Johnson discovers her husband Reginald Denny has a mistress, the much younger Lillian Roth, who tells Kay rudely that she lacks sex appeal. The last two-thirds of the movie is aboard a huge zeppelin for a high society masquerade ball. The loveliest women are sold at auction and Lillian drew the highest bid, when suddenly Madam Satan appears and Reginald Denny pays three thousand dollars to be her escort, never imagining the wicked lady to be his dull wife. Kay Johnson speaks in an amusing French accent and no one recognizes her as she attracts lust like a magnet.

            Late in the ball, Kay reveals her identity to her husband, but they are interrupted when lightning knocks the zeppelin loose from its mooring pier. The guests panic as the craft tumbles in the storm clouds and begins to disintegrate. Everyone has to don parachutes and jump for their lives, out into the night sky over New York City. This crisis scene lasts over fifteen minutes and is the best part of the film. And, yes, Kay Johnson does succeed in reawakening her husband's interest in her.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing early talkie

            By Jon the Archivist

            from Chicago, IL

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            Pros

            • Entertaining
            • High Production Value
            • Original

            Cons

              Best Uses

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              • At Home

              Comments about Madam Satan:

              Warner Archive deserves some sort of valedictory for their ongoing efforts to reissue the fabulous "pre-Code" films (1929-1934) - MADAM SATAN is perhaps the wildest musical to be produced during the era. This film is a must-own title simply for the lengthy middle third of the film, which plays like a modernistic operetta (!) set aboard a zeppelin. This Deco imagining of a musicalized Trimalchio's feast (keep an eye out for the chorus girls dressed as alarm clocks with bells for hats - and an indescribable ballet mechanique designed as a paean to electricity!) is couched on either side by a rather watery imitation of a Noel Coward bedroom farce, but this print is the best you're likely to see thanks to the remastered transfer.

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