The Devil to Pay (1930)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Release Date - Dec 18, 1930 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

Tremendously light and fluffy, The Devil to Pay is not the kind of film that is going to change one's life or end up on anyone's "ten best" list; but Devil is the kind of film that impresses with its charm and that one is always happy to stumble upon when flipping through the channels in search of something to watch. Lightness is the order of the day in Devil, for this is one of those frothy little soap bubbles of a comedy that is designed to just float and bounce along merrily. That is actually much harder to pull off than one might think, and credit should go to Frederick Lonsdale and Benjamin Glazer for crafting a screenplay that, despite a few small missteps here and there, is bright and fizzy. Even segments that really shouldn't work, such as those in which Ronald Colman gives voice to the inner workings of his dog's mind, somehow avoid beyond precious and come across as amiable. George Fitzmaurice also deserves a pat on the back for his fine, unhurried yet well-paced direction that knows how to keep the farce pepping along. And of course, Colman is invaluable, displaying his expert hand at comedy here and keeping the entire thing in good fighting trim by dint of his appeal and personality. With Loretta Young and Myrna Loy on hand as well, what more could one want for a light night at the movies?