Oh, God! You Devil
|Oh, God! You Devil|
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|Directed by||Paul Bogart|
|Produced by||Robert B. Sherman
Irving Fein (executive producer)
|Written by||Andrew Bergman|
|Music by||David Shire
Jack Hayes (orchestrator)
|Edited by||Andy Zall|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||97 min.|
|Box office||$21,538,850 (domestic)|
The song "Fugue for Tin horns" from the musical "Guys and Dolls", and "That Old Black Magic", Sung by Burns, were used in the film.
The story tells of a struggling rock singer/musician, Bobby Shelton (played by Wass), who cannot get a break. Bobby, desperate to support his wife and start a family, muses that he would sell his soul to the Devil to get ahead. The devil begins to appear to Bobby as a prospective agent called "'Harry O. Tophet" and offers Shelton a deal — seven years of unprecedented fame and fortune — at a meeting with a prominent record label. Shelton balks at the deal and so Tophet renegotiates claiming that it will be for a "trial period." Shelton signs the document, but his signature transforms into that of Billy Wayne, the last person to whom Tophet offered this deal and soon after Bobby realizes he has sold his soul to the devil.
Shelton discovers that, though he now has the fame he wanted, he has lost his identity — he is now Billy Wayne. As such, his family is now someone else's — the former Billy Wayne, whose life Tophet now controls. He also discovers that his wife is pregnant with his child. Realizing that he is trapped, Bobby Shelton asks for help from God, who has been watching over him. God appears and offers to help.
During a climactic poker game between God and the Devil over Bobby's soul, God raises the stakes. He claims he will stop protecting all those on "his list" in exchange for Bobby's soul (meanwhile, Bobby, under Tophet's machinations, is about to kill himself). If God wins, the Devil would be prevented from meddling with any of those on the list, even if they beg for his assistance. Considering the loss too high, Tophet folds, and finds that God had been bluffing and that part of the reason he had intervened for Bobby was because The Devil had become too arrogant.
Bobby rises from the floor of the dressing room, leaving behind the corpse of Billy Wayne who had committed suicide. In the end, God meets with Bobby and tells him about how his father once prayed for him when he was a sick child, and that since then, God has had an eye on him. After warning Bobby that next time he will not bail him out, Shelton returns to happiness in a simple life with his loving wife and daughter. Years later, his daughter becomes ill and he says the same prayer that his father did. The movie ends with Bobby, God, and the spirit of Bobby's father singing to his daughter, "Fugue for Tin horns" from the musical "Guys and Dolls".
- George Burns as God and the Devil (Harry O. Tophet)
- Ted Wass as Bobby Shelton
- Ron Silver as Gary Frantz
- Roxanne Hart as Wendy Shelton
- Eugene Roche as Charlie Gray
- Janet Brandt as Mrs. K
- Robert Desiderio as Billy Wayne
- John Doolittle as Arthur Shelton
- Julie Lloyd as Bea Shelton
- Belita Moreno as Mrs. Vega
- Jason Wingreen as Hotel Manager
- Susan Peretz as Louise
- Robert Picardo as Joe Ortiz
- Arthur Malet as Houseman
- James Cromwell as Priest
- Arnold Johnson as Preacher
- Brandy Gold as Bobby's Daughter
- Lois Wilde as Casino Patron (uncredited)