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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 »

Director:

Edward F. Cline

Writers:

Elbert Franklin (screenplay), Ethel La Blanche (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hugh Herbert ... Frederick Healy
Anita Louise ... Mary Wilson
Alan Mowbray ... Silas Cribbs
Buster Keaton ... William Dalton
Joyce Compton ... Hazel Dalton
Richard Cromwell ... Edward Middleton
Billy Gilbert ... Master of Ceremonies
Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. Wilson
Diane Fisher Diane Fisher ... Julia Middleton
Charles Judels ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Unschuld und der Bösewicht See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Cast credits on the end of the film are in order of appearance. See more »

Quotes

Edward Middleton: I have not fallen. I am standing in the full force of my manhood. Erect!
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Version of The Drunkard (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain
American folk song (late 1800s)
Sung briefly by Joyce Compton
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A Keaton Classic You May Not Have Seen
24 March 2002 | by joemiglioreSee all my reviews

I hate melodrama, but had reservations about this satire of the genre nonetheless. I thought it would be one of those films Buster Keaton only appeared in order to garner a paycheck. My qualms quickly diminished as I watched this unheralded classic. I have watched it a few times since I first obtained a copy, and it never fails to make me laugh throughout. Keaton is superb, as is the rest of the cast, and the comedy stands up very well. As long as we have soap operas, "The Villain Still Pursued Her" will always be funny!


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