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Peek inside Cecil B. DeMille’s bizarro 1930 master-flop, ‘Madam Satan’
08.14.2015
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Peek inside Cecil B. DeMille’s bizarro 1930 master-flop, ‘Madam Satan’

Madam Satan movie poster, 1930
Madam Satan movie poster, 1930
 
Cecil B. DeMille was a peculiar, yet lovable, producer of Hollywood balderdash, and Madam Satan just might be his most bizarro film.
 
Kay Johnson as Madam Satan
Actress Kay Johnson as the alluring “Madam Satan”
 
The black and white film came out in 1930 and had originally contained Technicolor scenes that were sadly somehow lost. Despite its occult-sounding title, Madam Satan is a vintage romcom that tells the story of a married couple, Angela and Bob, who are having a relationship crisis. When Angela finds out that her husband is screwing around with a chick named Trixie, she creates an alter-ego of herself called “Madam Satan.”
 
Actor heodore Kosloff in Madam Satan, 1930
Actor Theodore Kosloff as “Electricity” in Madam Satan
 
After Madam Satan makes her debut at wild masquerade ball, the film just gets weirder and more wonderfully excessive as it goes along. There are elaborate song and dance routines, flirtations with electricity, and actors dressed in boundary-pushing and visually stunning costumery (much of which was created by the head of wardrobe for DeMille’s studio, Adrian Adolph Greenburg) that were far beyond their time. Madam Satan is truly a film that must be seen to be believed. A remastered version of Madam Satan was released on DVD in 2010 and I highly recommend tracking down a copy so you can see it for yourself. You can also take a peek at more stills from Madam Satan, as well as a clip from the movie that will likely induce a good old-fashioned case of the bed-spins. Hail Satan!
 
Madam Satan actress Kay Johnson strikes a pose with her masks
Madam Satan star Kay Johnson strikes a pose with her masks
 
A strange chorus line from Madam Satan
A strange chorus line of cats from Madam Satan
 
Dancing clocks from Madam Satan
Dancing clocks from Madam Satan
 
Actress Mary Carlisle as Little Bo Peep in Madam Satan
Actress Mary Carlisle as “Little Bo Peep” in Madam Satan
 
Actress Vera Marshe as
Actress Vera Marshe as “Call of the Wild” in Madam Satan
 
Actress Kay Johnson as Madam Satan
Kay Johnson as “Madam Satan”
 
Actor Theodore Kosloff as
MActor Theodore Kosloff as “Electricity” in Madam Satan
 
Kay Johnson as Madam Satan
Kay Johnson as “Madam Satan”
 

“Ballet Mecanique,” a scene from Madam Satan
 

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