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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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Christie Dudgeon (as Neil Mc Callum)
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Allan Cuthbertson ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Teufelsschüler  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was started by Alexander Mackendrick, but he left shortly after production began and was replaced by Guy Hamilton. See more »

Goofs

Several times while going through the forest, the British refer to "snipers." However, the term sniper didn't come into being until about 40 years after the American Revolutionary War. The term came into usage in 1824, while the war ended in 1783. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Give a Major Swindon enough rope, and he'll always hang somebody.
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Connections

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

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Yankee Doodle
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George Bernard Shaw, Olivier, Lancaster and Douglas
4 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I believe, in spite of the way the credits read, that this is from a play by George Bernard Shaw. Which means you have to really pay attention, since it is going to be satirical. They certainly didn't skimp on this cast. And the unique (for the time) use of animation sequences lends another facet. The main problem seems to be that this picture is mistaken for an action drama. Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne was a very real character. The other characters are just representative of the attitudes and problems of the era. The fact that they don't speak in addled regional accents is a bonus. I think perhaps this movie would have been much more attractive in color, since I think black and white are really best for film noir. It adds nothing to this movie, in fact, it detracts from it. Think how lovely it would have been with all those redcoats and all those trees. Still, the story can stand alone. It is really a modern story, set in a time of trouble, but it is generally satirical and humorous in tone. If Lancaster had gotten any more self-righteous it would have been nauseating.


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