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The Devil's Disciple Details


This film version of George Bernard Shaw's satirical take on the American Revolution had a troubled production history (with a director change in mid-production), but nevertheless boasts a cutting performance by Laurence Olivier. Shaw's tale depicts his version of how the British lost the American colonies: because of a stupid mistake at the War Office someone forgot to tell Lord North to join up with General "Gentleman" Johnny Burgoyne (Laurence Olivier) and smash the rebels. Burt Lancaster is on hand as the Rev. Anthony Anderson, a peace-loving parson who ends up becoming a belligerent firebrand of a rebel. Also is tow is Kirk Douglas as Dirk Dungeon, who, in typical Shawvian irony, starts out as a unrepentant, cowardly scamp and ends up as the personification of Christian virtues. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Burt Lancaster
as The Rev. Anthony Anderson
Kirk Douglas
as Dick Dudgeon
Laurence Olivier
as Gen. John Burgoyne
Janette Scott
as Judith Anderson
Harry Andrews
as Maj. Swindon
Basil Sydney
as Lawyer Hawkins
George Rose
as British Sergeant
Neil McCallum
as Chris Dudgeon
Mervyn Johns
as Rev. Maindeck Parshotter
Erik Chitty
as Titus
Allan Cuthbertson
Percy Herbert
Phyllis Morris
Brian Oulton
Erik Chitty
as Titus


Guy Hamilton
Harold Hecht
John Dighton
Roland Kibbee
Jack Hildyard
Richard Rodney Bennett
Composer (Music Score)
Terence Verity
Art Director
Edward Carrere
Art Director
Leslie Hammond
Sound/Sound Designer