Cecil B. DeMille is renowned for epic productions such as Cleopatra and The Ten Commandments, but did you know that he also directed a screwball comedy? This feature is a silly who’s-hiding-under-whose-bed caper in which a woman suspects that her husband is having an affair. In the 1930s the conventional wisdom was that a man strays because his wife isn’t making a sufficient effort to hold onto him, so this wife decides to lure hers back by tempting him at a masked ball disguised as a devil. The third act, however, turns the film into the action-packed feature with massive sets for which DeMille would become famous: the ball is held aboard a zeppelin, and everything that can go wrong goes disastrously wrong.
■ Title — Madam Satan
■ Director — Cecil B. DeMille
■ Cast — Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Lillian Roth
■ Rating — Passed, suitable for general audiences
■ Distributor — Warner Home Video
■ ©1930 | 1h 56m | Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical