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The Devil's Disciple (1959)

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The black sheep of a family (Dick Dudgeon) and the local minister (Anthony Anderson) discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War.

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Neil McCallum ...
Christie Dudgeon (as Neil Mc Callum)
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Erik Chitty ...
Allan Cuthbertson ...
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Storyline

In a small New England town during the American War of Independence, Dick Dudgeon, a revolutionary American Puritan, is mistaken for local minister Rev. Anthony Anderson and arrested by the British. Dick discovers himself incapable of accusing another human to suffer and continues to masquerade as the reverend. The minister's wife, Judith, is moved by Dick's actions and mistakenly interprets them as an expression of love for her. In spite of his protestations she finds herself romantically attracted to him. Brought before British commander General Burgoyne, Dudgeon displays his willingness to die for his principles. At the last minute Dick is saved from ministerial pursuits to become a revolutionary leader. Written by alfiehitchie

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Comedy | History | Romance | War

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Release Date:

20 August 1959 (USA)  »

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The Devil's Disciple  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene near the end of the movie where Gen. Burgoyne invites Richard Dudgeon and Mrs. Anderson to dine with him and his lady friend is based loosely on the historical fact that after the British surrender at Saratoga, Gen. Burgoyne and the American commander Gen. Horatio Gates and their staffs then ate a simple lunch together (shortly after 2 p.m. on Friday Oct.17, 1777). See more »

Goofs

Dudgeon crosses the ankles of his father's body. In a subsequent shot, the ankles are seen uncrossed and then crossed again as Dudgeon leaves. See more »

Quotes

Dick Dudgeon: [to Anderson] You know, I've never met a minister that doesn't ask you to dinner and give you a sermon.
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Connections

Remake of The Devil's Disciple (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
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Better than just good !
2 April 2004 | by (Williamsburg, VA.) – See all my reviews

It has been years since I've actually seen the movie and was disappointed that it can't presently be found on DVD. Yet, while fiction, it is a tight, well acted piece of near dark comedy placed in a revolutionary war setting.

Lancaster's portrayal is akin to his as the somewhat self-righteous Wyatt Earp in O.K. Corral. Probably the wittiest scene is played between the prisoner Douglas and Sir Laurence (Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne) as a straight man with a bit of a twinkle in the eye. First with Olivier near whining to Kirk how he'd think better of him if he only knew how much he'd paid for his commission - a common practice in German George's British army.

Convicted and scheduled to hang, Douglas demands a soldier's firing squad only to talked out of it by Gen'l. Burgoyne decrying - with wry historical accuracy, the woeful state of marksmanship of the average Red Coat then serving in the Colonies. "Well then, by all means hang me !"

Delightful, well paced, funny, and even a tad dramatic with Burt, like Disney's Lambert the Bashful Lion, finally roaring to the height of minuteman steel in the final scenes.


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