Satan Met a Lady

1936

William Dieterle
Director
Warner Brothers
Studio

Attempt to give the Thin Man treatment to The Maltese Falcon isn't entirely successful, but is not the total failure most people seem to label it as. Rather unfair to compare a comedy to a serious work, even if based on the same source. If one were to leave one's preconceptions at the door and relax (such as thinking Bette Davis is too good for this type of film, though her performance indicates she thought she was), then one would have a pleasant little film to wile away a hour or so with. Warren William certainly seems to be having fun, at least. Plus Marie Wilson gets to play her patented ditz, Treacher his patented Englishman, and Olin Howland gets more lines here than he did in a dozen of his other films combined. And as a Hammett spoof, it's certainly a lot better than The Black Bird!

-Dave W.



22nd July 1936
Cinema



74 mins
1.37:1




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Bette Davis
Valerie Purvis
Warren William
Ted Shane
Alison Skipworth
Madame Barabbas
Arthur Treacher
Anthony Travers
Marie Wilson
Miss Murgatroyd
Wini Shaw
Astrid Ames
(as Winifred Shaw)
Porter Hall
Milton Ames
Olin Howland
Detective Sergeant Roy Dunhill
Charles C. Wilson
Detective Lt. Pollock
(as Charles Wilson)
John Alexander
Porter
(uncredited)
J. H. Allen
(uncredited)
May Beatty
Mrs. R. Manchester Arden
(uncredited)
Barbara Blane
Babe
(uncredited)
Billy Bletcher
Father of Sextuplets
(uncredited)
Raymond Brown
Fourth City Fathers Committee Member
(uncredited)
James P. Burtis
Detective
(uncredited)
Frank Darien
Hotel Clerk
(uncredited)
William B. Davidson
Spokesman - City Fathers Committee
(uncredited)
Don Downen
Reporter
(uncredited)
John Elliott
City Fathers Committee Member
(uncredited)
Sol Gorss
Jackie Farrow
(uncredited)
Kid Herman
Bootblack
(uncredited)
Maynard Holmes
Kenneth
(uncredited)
Joe King
Detective
(uncredited)
Alice La Mont
Mother of Sextuplets (Mrs. Lucius)
(uncredited)
Alphonse Martell
Headwaiter
(uncredited)
Edward McWade
City Fathers Committee Member
(uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse
Extra on Dance Floor
(uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer
Extra on Dance Floor
(uncredited)
John J. Richardson
Second Photographer
(uncredited)
Cliff Saum
Patrol Officer
(uncredited)
Francis Sayles
Detective
(uncredited)
Eddie Shubert
Detective
(uncredited)
Ray Turner
Porter
(uncredited)
Huey White
Taxi Driver
(uncredited)
Leo White
Room Service Waiter
(uncredited)
Douglas Williams
Dock Walloper
(uncredited)
Jack Wise
Pushy Photographer
(uncredited)
Unknown
Espinosa
(uncredited)
Unknown
Black Lady on Train
(uncredited)

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