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Madam Satan  /  Dynamite

January 25, 2015 - 7:00 pm
Richard Adkins, Hollywood Heritage.

Madam Satan  (1930)

Produced during director Cecil B. DeMille’s brief residency at MGM (and following a period of independent production), this pre-Code comedy concerns the elaborate plan of a wealthy socialite to regain the heart of her philandering husband by means of a costume ball on a dirigible, at which the wife will seduce the husband while disguised.  This unique vision of jazz-age decadence is one of the strangest and most arresting of DeMille's sex comedies.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.  Director: Cecil B. DeMille.  Screenwriter: Jeanie Macpherson, Gladys Unger, Elsie Janis.  Cinematographer: Harold Rosson.  Editor: Anne Bauchens.  Cast: Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Lillian Roth, Roland Young, Elsa Peterson.  35mm, b/w, 116 min.

Dynamite  (1929)

Director Cecil B. DeMille's first all-talking picture, also released in a silent version, features a pampered society girl who will lose her trust fund if she isn't married and living with her husband by a certain date—unless he dies before, in which case she keeps the cash.  Strategically selecting a death row inmate, her world is turned upside down when the man is freed and turns up at her penthouse to live up to his vows.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. Director: Cecil B. DeMille.  Screenwriter: Jeanie Mcpherson.  Cinematographer: Peverell Marley.  Editor: Anne Bauchens.  Cast: Conrad Nagel, Kay Johnson, Charles Bickford, Julia Faye, Joel McCrea.  16mm, b/w, 128 min.

Preceded by

The Ten Commandments Promotional Film  (1956)

Cecil B. DeMille shows clips from his forthcoming film, and discusses its making.

35mm, color, approx. 12 min.