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The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 11 October 1940 (USA)
The widow Wilson and her daughter Mary have just learned that old Mr. Middleton, who held the mortgage on their home, has passed away. They are now visited by Middleton's lawyer, Cribbs, ... See full summary »

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Frederick Healy
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Mary Wilson
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Silas Cribbs
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William Dalton
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Hazel Dalton
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Edward Middleton
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Mrs. Wilson
Diane Fisher ...
Julia Middleton
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M. Dubois - Pie Vendor
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The widow Wilson and her daughter Mary have just learned that old Mr. Middleton, who held the mortgage on their home, has passed away. They are now visited by Middleton's lawyer, Cribbs, who informs them that Middleton's son and heir Edward plans to foreclose and take possession of their home. When Mary goes to plead with Edward, she soon discovers that it is really the unscrupulous Cribbs who wants to drive them out of their home. When Mary and Edward become engaged to be married, it looks as if all is well. But the calculating Cribbs has a new plan, which begins with luring young Edward into a lifestyle of drinking and dissipation. Written by Snow Leopard

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HILARIOUS MELLERDRAMMER...good to the last dram! (original print ad) See more »

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Die Unschuld und der Bösewicht  »

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William Dalton: Oh, if I ever get a hold of that feller Stevens, I'll give him something to smell that's nastier than peaches or my name ain't... William Dalton!
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Version of The Drunkard (1935) See more »

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Long, Long Ago
original title, "The Long Ago" (1833)
by Thomas Haynes Bayly
Played on the harp by Anita Louise
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Not a bad idea...if the movie was only about 15 minutes long....
23 October 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Villain Still Pursued Her" is a clever idea. It's a parody of the very old fashioned morality plays that were popular in traveling shows and early silent movies. It all is an attempt to indoctrinate the viewer about the evils of liquor and the characters are very one-dimensional--much like the characters from "Dudley Do-right". It has all the clichés--the evil guy in a top hat who is dressed in black (Alan Mowbray), the sweet fair-haired damsel (Anita Louise) and the good man who is turned bad--all thanks to demon liquor (Richard Cromwell). Along for the ride are Billy Gilbert, Margaret Hamilton and Buster Keaton. As for Keaton, there really is no reason for him to be in this film and he's 99% wasted.

This is a cute idea. BUT, and this is important, it could have worked well as a 10-20 minute short. But after a while, it all becomes VERY tedious because it's a one idea comedy--and the idea just isn't that good and the material is stretched VERY thin. The deliberately broad acting is cute at first--and horribly annoying as the film progresses. Not worth your time. I kept expected a payoff to make it all worthwhile...and it never came. Tedious.


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