The ‘Devil’ in the details   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.22 at 10:47

Current mood: annoyedannoyed

“Up Pops the Devil” is one of those early Paramount Carole Lombard films that tend to get lost in the shuffle. Among a slew of her movies the studio released in the first half of 1931, it’s rarely seen or revived, and sometimes is confused with another early ’31 Lombard release, “It Pays to Advertise,” because it also co-stars Norman Foster (shown above) and Skeets Gallagher.

Sad to say, I’ve yet to see “Up Pops the Devil,” so I can’t make any claims for it one way or the other. However, I can lead you to three 8″ x 10″ original stills from the film. All are ersatz lobby cards in that they are illustrated with a line of dialogue, photos meant to be posted in the lobby or outside the theater to help promote the movie. Each is being sold for $20.

First, a publisher tells Foster’s character he’s not interested in buying his novel, so forget about becoming the next Theodore Dreiser. (That year, Paramount adapted Dreiser’s “An American Tragedy” to the screen, a version he publicly despised and disowned.) To purchase, go to×10-still-1931-UP-POPS-THE-DEVIL/291570268109?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3Db8033fd0631e4a97bb7c609f2b2dc0f0%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D301747319783.

Next, Lombard (at left) looks stylish by 1931 standards. Interested? Visit×10-still-1931-UP-POPS-THE-DEVIL-vintage-fashion-/291570264759?hash=item43e2f12ab7.

Finally, Carole’s character gets bad news from deliveryman Willie Best (then still tagged with the demeaning, racist pseudonym “Sleep ‘N Eat”). Find it at×10-still-1931-UP-POPS-THE-DEVIL-profile-/301747319783?hash=item46418ab3e7.

Posted September 22, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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