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So MADAM SATAN is a Cecil B Demille picture from 1930. A pre-code sex comedy with neither sex nor comedy, it’s third act is a colossal masquerade party aboard a massive dirigible in which our hapless leading lady (who is in real life james cromwell’s mom) decides to ensnare her sure-to-be-philandering fiance by… masquerading as MADAM SATAN and being the most, uh, fuck-worthy woman on the whole airship. She will seduce him… to teach him a lesson!

Oh and it’s a musical?

Here’s the thing.

They spent, like, a hundred brillion dollars on the masquerade. OK the picture’s budget was under a million. But… look at what it looks like. The costumes and sets are completely insane and it’s worth slogging through that terrible first 90 minutes to get to the last half-hour.

You can get it here through the Warner Archives

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    I saw this movie once in my city’s cinema club and later got the (very recent) DVD. It’s completely BONKERS and I...
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    Just look at this, people. I can heartily endorse this recommendation. I was lucky enough to see a beautiful print of...
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    … Old movie with amazingly sexy women, crazy decor and budget, in black and white and it’s a musical? I know that Santa...
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