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The Delicious Little Devil (1919)

The Delicious Little Devil





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Although a bit slow to get off the ground, this witty film shows what star Mae Murray and her director husband, Robert Z. Leonard, could do with a good concept. Mae plays Mary McGuire, a girl of extremely modest means. She's a coat-check girl, but gets fired from her job for dancing around in a customer's expensive coat (Murray, an ex-Follies girl, always favored an opportunity to strut her stuff). A road house just outside of town is looking for a hostess with "experience," and the innocent Mary bluffs her way into the job by claiming to be Gloria du Monde, a European dancer who had had an affair with the Duke de Sauterne. Coincidentally, the Duke (Bertram Grassby) actually comes into the cafe and, amused by the ruse, decides to pursue her. But Mary has gotten involved with Jimmie Calhoun (Rudolph Valentino, in an early, non-Latin role), who realizes she is really a nice girl. But that is thrown into doubt by the attitude of the Duke. Mary finds herself having to prove her virtuousness when up until then, she has been pretending to be a wanton woman.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Written By: Harvey Thew, John B. Clymer
Universal Film Manufacturing Company


Mae Murray
as Mary McGuire
Harry Rattenbury
as Patrick McGuire
Richard Cummings
as Uncle Barnley
Rudolph Valentino
as Jimmie Calhoun
Bertram Grassby
as Duke de Sauterne
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All Critics (3)

Delightful romantic comedy with energetic cast and a happy sense of style.

Full Review… | October 2, 2014
Classic Film and Television

With her bee-stung lips and exaggerated swivel, [Mae] Murray's the precursor to Betty Boop.

Full Review… | July 10, 2006

Rare Rudolph Valentino silent melodrama.

Full Review… | June 2, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Delicious Little Devil

Comedienne and Ziegfeld girl Mae Murray is hammy in the role of Mary, a poor good girl, who pretends to be Gloria, a famous European dancer with a reputation. A hulking butcher boy dated her when she was only of modest means. Valentino is Jimmy Calhoun, the romantic straight man, who becomes a regular at the Inn where Mary improvises her way through a job as dancer. She convinces the manager of the Inn of her reputation by suggesting she caused the scandal reported in the papers involving a Duke. Of course, the Duke ends up in the same town and turns out to be quite a villain. With three men chasing her plus Jimmy's father trying to protect him and her bumpkin father and uncle trying to protect her it gets chaotic at the end. Jimmy gets to be like Prince Charming and save the day.

Byron Brubaker

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