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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
Sharon Henesy Sharon Henesy ... Lily
Honor Hound Honor Hound ... Himself
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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Special effects created by Harry Walton. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Nights in Blexoso
by Hedge and Donna
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Very entertaining supernatural film
13 June 2007 | by SkraggSee all my reviews

It wasn't till quite some time after seeing this movie that I read any of Wellman's stories, but this movie is pretty faithful to them, at least the ones I know (though I don't know if any of the Silver John stories have "Mr. Marduk" or not). I don't know if I know Hedges Capers or the leading actress from anything else, but they were fine in it, and along with them, it's full of great character actors (though I don't think that's the right term for Susan Strasberg) - Denver Pyle, R. G. Armstrong, Severn Darden, Harris Yulin (who, apart from Darden, might have had the best part, and who really seemed to enjoy playing it). Even the political stuff, like the very end (which I won't give away) doesn't seem too forced. That ending could apply to ANY time (certainly including right now), and it would be a shame for people to think of it ENTIRELY as some NIXON JOKE (though I suppose it probably IS thought of as only that). In spite of the listing, I'm certain this movie is from 1972-73.


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