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The Devil to Pay! (1930)

TV-G | | Comedy, Romance | 20 December 1930 (USA)
Spendthrift Willie Leyland again returns to the family home in London penniless. His father is none too pleased but Willie smooth-talks him into letting him stay. At the same time he turns ... See full summary »

Director:

George Fitzmaurice (as Geo. Fitzmaurice)

Writers:

Frederick Lonsdale (story and dialogue), Benjamin Glazer (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... Willie Hale
Frederick Kerr ... Lord Leland
Loretta Young ... Dorothy
David Torrence ... Mr. Hope
Florence Britton ... Susan
Myrna Loy ... Mary
Paul Cavanagh ... Grand Duke Paul
Crauford Kent ... Arthur (as Crawford Kent)
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Storyline

Spendthrift Willie Leyland again returns to the family home in London penniless. His father is none too pleased but Willie smooth-talks him into letting him stay. At the same time he turns the charm on Dorothy Hope, whose father is big in linoleum and who, before Willie's arrival, was about to become engaged to a Russian aristocrat. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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AUDACIOUS MR 1931 GOES A-COURTING. May we present this well-bred English Aristocrat, a Devilishly Incorrect Scamp? He made love in a crazy way, and women were crazy about it! (Print Ad- The Press, ((Christchurch, NZ)) 5 December 1931)

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil to Pay! See more »

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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The two leads in this movie Ronald Colman and Loretta Young would win their only Academy Award in the same year in 1947. Ronald Colman would win Best Actor for A Double Life (1947) and Loretta Young would win Best Actress for The Farmer's Daughter (1947) See more »

Goofs

Boom microphone shadow is unmistakable in a number of interior scenes toward the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

Lord Leland: Here it is half-past nine and not a sign of him.
Dorothy Hope: Have you called the police?
Lord Leland: Do you know Master Willie?
Dorothy Hope: No, I've never met him.
Lord Leland: Well, if you had, you'd know telephoning a policeman's wife would be more effective.
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Connections

Referenced in The House on 56th Street (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

The British Grenadiers
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Traditional
Whistled by Ronald Colman
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Another thoroughly enjoyable early Ronald Colman talkie
9 January 2010 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Ronald Coleman had been a star of the screen for several years when talkies came in, and what a boost it was to his career. His Oxford English accent is so enthralling I could listen to him recite the farmer's almanac and not be bored.

Coleman plays Willie Hale, a 30ish playboy from a wealthy family who spends his time womanizing and gambling. Yet, he's a likable rogue - not only likable from the standpoint of the audience but by family and friends too. He has yet again gone broke due to his constant gambling and sells off his possessions in a foreign location to settle his debts and provide passage back home to England. When he gets there, he at first is met by a father who insists he'll kick him out - he's had it with Willie and his layabout ways. However, five minutes alone in a room with Willie and his charm, and Willie is not only forgiven by dad, dad has given him one hundred pounds to boot.

Willie then goes for a day's recreation with his sister and her friend, Dorothy Hope (Loretta Young). Dorothy is set to be engaged to the Grand Duke Paul that very night, mainly just because her dad wants royalty in the family, and there is nobody else special in her life. That changes after her day with Willie, and soon there is a scandal brewing as Dorothy refuses to go through with the marriage as planned.

Ronald Coleman is always a delight to watch in these early talking films he did for Sam Goldwyn where he is playing the confident adventurer or cad or both. He has a demeanor akin to Errol Flynn, but he is unable to display Flynn's physical agility due to a disabling wound he received during World War I. However, what he lacks in physical agility Coleman always made up in agility of soul. Loretta Young, only 17 when this picture was made, shows the beginning of her trademark sweet girl that can erupt into a ball of fire when the occasion calls for it. Myrna Loy plays Willie's girl from the past - Mary Crayle - a showgirl. Here Myrna is still playing a part similar to the exotic vamp parts she got stuck with so often over at Warner Brothers when she was a contract player from 1926 until shortly before this movie was made in 1930.

This is pretty much a light and breezy romantic comedy from start to finish. If you're in a mood for the kind of escapist entertainment that lightened the hearts of audiences during the Great Depression, this little film fits the bill.


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