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Saturday, August 12, 2023

Devil and the Deep (1932)

 "...the best dramatic talkie we have yet seen."

With Tallulah Bankhead.

Devil and the Deep - Review is taken from 'The Films of Cary Grant' by Donald Deschner (1973):

"The Picture is, in my opinion, the best dramatic talkie we have yet seen.  It is unabashed melodrama at times, but Charles Laughton's magnificent acting disarms criticism of the more violently sensational incidents.  He appears as the jealous, half-demented commander of a submarine, stationed on the West African coast.  His wife, played by Tallulah Bankhead, has endured five years of hell through his insane jealousy, but to the world at large he appears as a goodnatured fellow with an impossible wife.  At length, driven from home by a maniacal outburst of rage, Tallulah meets Gary Cooper and succumbs to his manly charms, only to discover, the next morning, that he is the newly arrived second officer.  

The submarine leaves port for diving maneuvers, and, through an accident, Tallulah is on board, with her half-mad husband and unsuspecting lover.  The vessel is rammed by a liner, owing to the machinations of Laughton, and the crew are entombed at the bottom of the sea.  This sequence is admirably done, in spite of the occasional use of models in the shooting.  The half-mad commander orders his second officer to be arrested, but Tallulah reveals her husband's insanity, and one by one the crew make their escape by means of the emergency apparatus.  

Only Laughton is left behind, and as he smashes his wife's portrait to atoms with an axe, the water rushes in and he is drowned in his cabin.  Tallulah Bankhead has better opportunities than of late as the distrait wife, but she is overshadowed by Laughton's amazing performance.  Gary Cooper is completely negligible as the lover."

David Fairweather, Theatre World

New Artwork by Rebekah Hawley at Studio36 -
Number 4 - Devil and the Deep (Lobby Card Style)

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Friday, August 12, 2022

Quote From Today... Devil and the Deep (1932)

   "I know sir, it was only about dinner last night!"

With Tallulah Bankhead.

Devil and the Deep was Cary Grant's 4th full length feature film.

Cmdr. Charles Sturm: [opening lines] You dropped this.

[hands Jaeckel a letter]

Lt. Jaeckel: [embarrassed] Oh. Thank you sir.

Cmdr. Charles Sturm: From my wife.

Lt. Jaeckel: Yes, sir.

Cmdr. Charles Sturm: I recognised the handwriting.

Lt. Jaeckel: Yes, it's just a note, telling me that...

Cmdr. Charles Sturm: That's alright, my boy - you don't have to explain. I'm a husband, not a jailer.

Lt. Jaeckel: I know sir, it was only about dinner last night.

Cmdr. Charles Sturm: My friend, this isn't the Middle Ages. A woman can write letters to whom she pleases, can't she?

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

On This Day...Devil and the Deep (1932)

On this day, in 1932, Devil and the Deep was released. This was Cary Grant's 4th full length feature film.

Cary Grant plays Lieutenant Jacques, in a drama that takes place on a naval base and a submarine that is commanded by Commander Sturm (Charles Laughton). Laughton plays the jealous husband of his wife Tallulah Bankhead and her lover Gary Cooper.

With Charles Laughton.

"This picture is, in my opinion, the best dramatic talkie we have yet seen."
- David Fairweather, Theatre World

"Everyone who pays a visit to the Carlton during the current run of The Devil and the Deep must wonder how it was that Mr. Charles Laughton was allowed to make his debut on the talking-screen in an American picture." - Michael Orme, The Illustrated London News


Pauline Sturm             Tallulah Bankhead
Lieutenant Semper     Gary Cooper
Commander Sturm     Charles Laughton
Lieutenant Jacques     Cary Grant
A Lieutenant              Gordon Wescott
Hassan                        Paul Porcassi
Mrs. Planet                 Juliette Compton
Mr. Planet                   Arthur Hoyt
Mrs. Crimp                Dorothy Christy
Hutton                       Henry Kolker

With Tallulah Bankhead.

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Directed by Marion Gering
Produced and distributed by Paramount Publix
Running time: 70 minutes.