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The Devil's Disciple (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, History, Romance | 20 August 1959 (USA)
The black sheep of a family and the local minister discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Rev. Anthony Anderson
... Richard Dudgeon
... Gen. Burgoyne
... Judith Anderson
... Mrs. Dudgeon
... Maj. Swindon
... Lawyer Hawkins
George Rose ... British Sergeant
Neil McCallum ... Christie Dudgeon (as Neil Mc Callum)
... Rev. Maindeck Parshotter
... Uncle William
Erik Chitty ... Uncle Titus
... British Lieutenant
... Edict Sergeant
Phyllis Morris ... Wife of Titus
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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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One devil of a motion picture !

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Comedy | History | Romance | War

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20 August 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El discípulo del diablo  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Montgomery Clift was approached about playing Dick Dudgeon. See more »

Goofs

As the British troops are clearing the felled trees in the forest, General Burgoyne summons Swindon to his carriage. As Swindon presents himself, he inexplicably salutes with his left hand. See more »

Quotes

Dick Dudgeon: The rest of this story is pure fiction. Rest assured, you can believe every word of it.
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Version of The Devil's Disciple (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
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traditional 18th Century Anglo-American folk song
Heard under main title
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George Bernard Shaw, Olivier, Lancaster and Douglas
4 July 2004 | by 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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