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The Legend of Hillbilly John (1972)

A wandering ballad singer in the Appalachians meets an ugly bird-type creature, is transported back in time, finds himself involved in the Devil's work.

Director:

John Newland

Writers:

Melvin Levy, Manly Wade Wellman (book)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Severn Darden ... Mr. Marduke
Hedges Capers Hedges Capers ... John (as Hedge Capers)
Sharon Henesy Sharon Henesy ... Lily
Honor Hound Honor Hound ... Self
Sidney Clute ... Charles
Denver Pyle ... Grandpappy John
White Lightnin' White Lightnin' ... Themselves
William Traylor William Traylor ... Reverend Millen
Harris Yulin ... Zebulon Yandro
Susan Strasberg ... Polly Wiltse
Alfred Ryder ... O. J. Onselm
R.G. Armstrong ... Bristowe
Chester Jones Chester Jones ... Uncle Anansi
Val Avery ... Cobart
Percy Rodrigues ... Capt. Lojoie H. Desplain IV
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A wandering ballad singer in the Appalachians meets an ugly bird-type creature, is transported back in time, finds himself involved in the Devil's work. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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from ghostly hark mountain this eerie story of witches ... voodoo ... devils ... monsters See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

G
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Trivia

The title song, The Devil, is sung by Hoyt Axton. See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Best Friend's Birthday (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

I May Be a Walker
by Hedges Capers
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Nice try at filming a folk fantasy.
27 September 2000 | by austex23See all my reviews

Hampered by a tiny budget and a lack of subtlety, Hillbilly John does an earnest job of bringing Manly Wade Wellman's silver-stringed guitar hero's adventures to the screen. Nice use of music by Hoyt Axton and some effective moments in two of the stories directly adapted from Wellman's fantasies. The last third of the film departs from its source material and grows tiresome. Definitely good enough to justify someone releasing it on DVD.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ballad of Hillbilly John See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Two's Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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