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The Devil to Pay (1930)
They don't make them like they used to! Right on the cusp of the move from silent to talkies, this film is a very early romantic comedy revelation. The young Ronald Coleman (12 years before Random Harvest) is beyond charming, and the even younger Loretta Young is a delight (only topped in her career, in my opinion, by her performance in 1937's Love is News). And what a wonderful pre-code screenplay - the dialogue has many, many delights, most of the choice lines cast off with the ultimate aplomb by Coleman as only he could have done. The film was given a mere 2 1/2 stars on my TCM "info" - a disgrace. Charm and comedy are disdained by the so-called critics. If you embrace those two characteristics, however, you will find this film a 5-star delight.
Devil to Pay Rocks!
Megistotheriim is my favorite! If your into Metal check them out! O and Rob is pretty hot too!!
not just for Colman fans
Loretta Young fans will be delighted to see her chemistry in this Ronald Colman vehicle. A sort of Hamlet focus on him, written for him. Colman is at his peak and in utter command, uniquely among the best screen actors.
The Devil to Pay! (1930)
- Mr. Blandings
Cute and snappy romantic-comedy, with a fabulously charming performance by Ronald Colman. Loretta Young is also very good, and George the dog is adorable! ****/*****
The Devil To Pay is a pure delight !
- Mark Presley
Colman is perfectly charming in this early sound film, and has all the qualities that made him so enjoyable to watch throughout his fine film career...it is a very light hearted in contrast to his mostly serious films later on in the late 30's and early 40's. The scene where he "charms the pants" off his father, who was ready to throw him out of the house, and winds up giving Willie 100 is the actor at his best! What a great film! I also love the line when Willie is auctioning off his household stuff in East Africa....when a pretty girl bids on his bed, he sells it to her proclaiming "it's yours...I've always wanted you to sleep in it" Great stuff!
Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous
- David Fowler
A surprisingly sophisticated and enjoyable early talkie. The plot is a virtual "how to" for romantic comedy, but it was so very fresh when it was done here and somehow still retains that vitality. Ronald Colman is sparkling and perfect....his performance light years ahead of usual early talkie technique and with the same charm and talent that he lent to all his films. Loretta Young and Myrna Loy are both lovely and their performances are good, but both are much more in the style of the time. Their potential, though, is readily evident. Altogether, a delightful film.