Fun Size Review: The Delicious Little Devil (1919)

Mae Murray stars as the devil of the title, a nice Irish girl who pretends to be bad to land a job on the stage. Rudolph Valentino (under two tons of pale greasepaint) is her nice Irish boy love interest. Oh brother.

Murray is as twitchy and annoying as ever, Valentino seems confused as to why he is there, the audience is treated to ethnic stereotypes in lieu of actual characters and then we get a madcap rape scene. You know, for the kids! Avoid unless you are inexplicably a Murray fan (seriously, have you seen her films?) or if you are a Valentino completist.

In 1919, they called it having bee-stung lips. Nowadays, we just call it duckface.
In 1919, they called it having bee-stung lips. Nowadays, we just call it duckface.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Valentino interrupts the aforementioned madcap rape scene, saves the day and everyone ends up together because they are Irish.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Tuna Lemon Jello Salad. Nothing goes together, the main ingredient is weird and it may make you queasy.

Availability: Released on DVD as an extra on the Beyond the Rocks disc.


    1. Fritzi Kramer

      And then there’s the lip-twitching that goes with the bee-stung. Have you ever seen Marie Doro in action? It looks like her lips are having a seizure. She gives Mae a run for her money.

  1. habsburgkitten

    i’ve never actually seen a mae murray film but to me she has always come across as more of a symbol than an actual actress. i read the new biography about her and finished it with the same feeling…it was as if her entire life was a caricature of how silent movie stars were born, lived, and died. although considering she was 40 in “merry widow” i’d love to know her anti-aging secrets!!

    1. Fritzi Kramer

      Yeah, I’ve seen the films that are available (this film plus Mademoiselle Midnight, The Mormon Maid, The Merry Widow) and she doesn’t act so much as twitch her way from one actressy pose to another. She did take great care of herself and she looked fabulous in The Merry Widow (when she stood still) but she didn’t seem to have an off button.

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