Madam Satan (1930)





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Cecil B. DeMille's only musical is the tale of an urban socialite (Kay Johnson) who masks herself as the steamy 'Madame Satan' to win back her husband (Reginald Denny) from the arms of a chorus girl (Lillian Roth). In a hilarious scene involving a zeppelin about to crash, the husband rides the craft down to the earth, only jumping off (and into a Central Park pond) at the last instant. Madame Satan's other highlights include garish costumes and several dance routines directed by LeRoy Prinz.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Kay Johnson
as Angela Brooks/Madam Satan
Reginald Denny
as Bob Brooks
Roland Young
as Jimmy Wade
Lillian Roth
as Trixie
Elsa Peterson
as Martha
Boyd Irwin
as Captain
Wallace MacDonald
as First Mate
Wilfred Lucas
as Roman Senator
Vera Marsh
as Call of the Wild
Martha Sleeper
as Fish Girl
Marie Valli
as Confusion
Julanne Johnston
as Miss Conning Tower
Albert Conti
as Empire Officer
Earl Askam
as Pirate
Betty Francisco
as Little Rolls Riding Hood
Katherine Irving
as Spider Girl
Aileen Ransom
as Victory
Theodore Kosloff
as Electricity
Jack King
as Herman
Else Petersen
as Martha
Mary Carlisle
as Little Bo Peep
Louis Natheaux
as Arabian Prince
Edwards Davis
as Henry VIII
Katherine DeMille
as Zeppelin Reveler
Allan Lane
as Zeppelin Majordomo
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Critic Reviews for Madam Satan

All Critics (2)

"Once it starts to sparkle, it doesn't stop until it stops."

Full Review… | October 1, 2015

A stinker.

Full Review… | September 17, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Madam Satan

DeMille's only musical is one of the strangest movies ever made; a hodgepodge of production numbers, sappy story, and disaster film aboard a zeppelin.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

The great thing about revisiting classic pre-code films is how damn funny they still are! Roland Young is absolutely hilarious in Madam Satan, and there are a few jokes that just manage to retain some naughtiness all these decades later. Madam Satan is pretty sexy as well as funny, with some energetic dance numbers and a gorgeous scene at a party with some of the most fantastic costumes I've seen. The zeppelin disaster at the end even holds up pretty well, at least compared to similar effects at the time, and it's damn exciting! Cecil B. DeMille really knew how to put together a quality bit of spectacle.

Caleb McCandless
Caleb McCandless

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