Cast your mind back to the early ‘80s, 1981 to be exact, and you may recall a Disney movie called The Devil and Max Devlin. Do you remember it?
Directed by Steven Hilliard Stern, The Devil and Max Devlin was a fantasy comedy starring Elliott Gould and Bill Cosby. The movie told the story of Max, a shady man killed in an accident, but given the opportunity to escape the clutches of Hell, if he can convince three innocent youths to sign away their souls.
Throughout the course of the movie, Max does his best to trick his victims, often to no avail. All the while, he is constantly reminded that if he fails, he’ll be sent back to Hell for the rest of eternity.
The Devil and Max Devlin doesn’t sound like your standard Disney picture, does it? Well, in some respects it isn’t, and due to its subject matter it was initially seen as a controversial movie. Even today, in light of the issues connected to Bill Cosby, it can’t escape controversy, and often gets sidestepped or forgotten.
But if you can cast your mind back far enough to recall The Devil and Max Devlin, then you will probably remember a song that featured in the movie. You might not recall what that song was, but you sure as heck remember liking it, right?
Sure you do – it was a big part of the movie. But what was the song from The Devil and Max Devlin? And, why do you remember it?
The song that you remember from The Devil and Max Devlin is called Any Fool Could See. It was sung by actress Julie Budd who played the role of Stella Summers – one of Max’s unwitting victims.
The reason you remember the song (even if you can’t quite recall what it was) is because it appeared multiple times in the movie. It was also a great track, and outside of the movie, Julie Budd recorded the song and released it as a single.
Any Fool Could See was composed by Marvin Hamlisch, with lyrics written by Allee Willis. The song was released on vinyl, but it never became a hit.
In addition to Any Fool Could See, Julie Budd (as Stella Summers) sang another song in the movie, called Roses and Rainbows, which you might also remember. This too was recorded by Julie Budd for release outside of the movie.
Roses and Rainbows was once again composed by Marvin Hamlisch, but this time with lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager.
Any Fool Could See and Roses and Rainbows are great songs, but if you are trying to get hold of copies today it’s not easy. Both songs were released on vinyl but are long since out of print.
However, Roses and Rainbows featured on Budd’s CD album, The New Classics, which you can usually find on eBay, so is much easier to source. Failing that, you can usually listen to both songs on YouTube, or simply re-watch the movie to hear them in full.
And now you know!
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