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The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (1980)

A mysterious stranger descends on the small town of Hadleyburg to teach its deceitful residents a lesson. Inspired by writer Mark Twain's short story.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Richards
Rev. Burgess
Mary Richards
Seth Allen
Kent Broadhurst
Thomas A. Carlin
Robert O'Neill-Butler
Nicole Orth-Pallavicini
Joan Pape ...
Mrs. Cox
Rex Robbins
Frederick Rolf ...
Mr. Cox


Hadleyburg prides itself on its virtue. When a mysterious stranger the town once insulted arrives carrying a sack of gold and a plan to teach them a lesson, the town is set abuzz. He leaves the money to whomever can identify themselves as his benefactor by writing the phrase that's kept inside the sack. Soon all of Hadleyburg's first citizens are submitting their claims. Written by Kathy Li

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

17 March 1980 (USA)  »

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Hadleyburg  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the story, 99 pounds of gold was worth about $40,000 in 1899. However, in 2012, the value of the same amount of gold would be over $2 million. (one pound = 12 troy ounces; 12 x 99.33 pounds = 1,192 troy ounces; with gold trading at approximately $1,700 per ounce in early 2012, that calculates as $2,026,332). See more »

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A man takes revenge on a city that high-hatted him by showing their liability to corruption.
30 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found the other comments far too negative. The film is--like Mr. Twain--humorous and makes a good point to those who think they are above corruption. It also makes the point that it is wise to do people a kindness whenever possible for you never know when you will need kindness yourself. The film was obviously not made on a big budget and at times drags a bit--not a great film but a good one and well worth seeing. Robert Preston is fun to watch and Fred Gwynne, for those who only know him from CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU and THE Munsters, is surprisingly gentle as the minister who was put out of his church and who must judge who gets the gold.

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