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The Devil's Disciple (21-Aug-1959)

Director: Guy Hamilton

Writers: John Dighton; Roland Kibbee

From a play by: George Bernard Shaw

Music by: Richard Rodney Bennett

Producer: Harold Hecht

Keywords: Comedy, American Revolution

Repeated British misbehavior goads a pacifist minister into becoming a firebrand rebel during the American Revolution. Adaptation of one of George Bernard Shaw's lesser plays, one that Shaw himself did not care much for but was financially successful. Guy Hamilton replaced Alexander Mackendrick as director two weeks into filming because, according to Lancaster, he took too much time filming.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Harry Andrews
10-Nov-1911 6-Mar-1989 The Agony and the Ecstasy
Kirk Douglas
9-Dec-1916   Spartacus
Percy Herbert
31-Jul-1920 6-Dec-1992 The Bridge on the River Kwai
Mervyn Johns
18-Feb-1899 6-Sep-1992 Dead of Night
Burt Lancaster
2-Nov-1913 20-Oct-1994 Elmer Gantry
Eva Le Gallienne
11-Jan-1899 3-Jun-1991 New York Civic Repertory Theater
Laurence Olivier
22-May-1907 11-Jul-1989 Shakespearean actor
Janette Scott
14-Dec-1938   The Day of the Triffids
Basil Sydney
23-Apr-1894 10-Jan-1968 English stage actor


Burt Lancaster   ...   Anthony Anderson
Kirk Douglas   ...   Richard Dudgeon
Laurence Olivier   ...   Gen. Burgoyne
Janette Scott   ...   Judith Anderson
Eva Le Gallienne   ...   Mrs. Dudgeon
Also Starring
Harry Andrews   ...   Maj. Swindon
Basil Sydney   ...   Lawyer Hawkins
George Rose   ...   British Sergeant
Neil McCallum   ...   Christopher Dudgeon
Mervyn Johns   ...   Rev. Maindeck Parshotter
David Horne   ...   William
Erik Chitty   ...   Titus
Allan Cuthbertson   ...   British Captain
Percy Herbert   ...   British Lieutenant
Phyllis Morris   ...   Titus' Wife
Brian Oulton   ...   Mr. Brudenell


Review by Mike Bennett (posted on 10-Apr-2008)

A film that one can watch over and over and never grow tired of. All the actors, from Olivier, Lancaster, and Douglas to the supporting actors you know by face if not be name are great. The animated segments between scenes almost rivals the ones in Charge of the Light Brigade. Also, being in black and white only adds to its charm and enjoyability.

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