Little Devil May Care

Little Devil May Care or The Devil in the Heart (French: Le diable au coeur) is a 1928 French silent drama film directed by Marcel L'Herbier and starring Betty Balfour, Jaque Catelain and Roger Karl.[1] Balfour was a leading British star of the silent era who made several films in France. Unlike many films of the era it is still extant and survives in film archives.

Little Devil May Care
Directed byMarcel L'Herbier
Written byLucie Delarue-Mardrus (novel)
Marcel L'Herbier
StarringBetty Balfour
Jaque Catelain
Roger Karl
CinematographyLucien Bellavoine
Louis Le Bertre
Jean Letort
Distributed byPathé Consortium Cinéma
Release date
3 March 1928
Running time
120 minutes
French intertitles

The film's sets were designed by Lucien Aguettand, Claude Autant-Lara and Robert-Jules Garnier.


In a small coastal town a fisherman's daughter falls in love with orphaned boy who comes to live with them.


  • Betty Balfour as Ludivine Bucaille - une fille étrange
  • Jaque Catelain as Delphin Leherg - le fils de Leherg qu'aime Ludivine
  • Roger Karl as Le père Leherg - le père de Delphin
  • André Nox as Pierre Lauderin - un tenancier de boîte auquel Bucaille destine sa fille
  • Kissa Kouprine as Thania
  • Catherine Fonteney as Madame Bucaille - la mère de Ludivine
  • Magda Aranyi as La belle-mère de Lauderin
  • Leo Da Costa as Gaston Lauderin
  • André Heuzé as André Bucaille
  • Auguste Picaude as Maurice Bucaille - le père alcoolique de Ludivine
  • Falcau as Le frère de Lauderin
  • Jane Pierson as Une femme
  • Marie Glory as Petite voleuse


  1. Roud p.624


  • Richard Roud. Cinema: A Critical Dictionary : the Major Film-makers, Volume 2. Viking Press, 1980.
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