The Devil's Disciple

Synopsis: 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.
83 min


The year 1777 was the one in which

the passions roused by the breaking off

of the American colonies from England,

more by their own weight

than their own will,

boiled up to shooting point,

the shooting being idealized in minds in England

as suppression of rebellion

and in the colonists as the defence of liberty.

Both sides being therefore convinced

that the most high minded course

for them to pursue

was to kill as many of one another as possible.

Come on.

Back - you, gal.


Well. We live in wonderful time, eh, chaplain?

And therefore send this to General Philips:

I am obliged to remove the oxen for his cannon

because a soldier without food is of no more use

than of artillery without ammunition.

We shall eat his oxen, sir,

and replace them with horses.

And my compliments to Mrs. Philips.

I hope, she's ... comfortable.

Come on, sir.

My compliments, sir.

Everything is ready.

Ready? Everything? Nothing is ready,

Major Swindon, nothing at all!

- For the ... eh ...

- Hanging?

- Oh, the eh ...

I should be glad to have a support

of your presence this morning, sir.

Not particularly ... lively business -

hanging this poor devil.

No, sir, it is not.

It is making too much

of these people to hang them.

Martyr themselfs is what they like.

It is the one way

to achieve fame without ability.

However, as you have

committed us to hanging him:

the sooner he is hanged the better.

At such a time we must remember ...

we are all made of good and evil.

Each man believes

himself to be in a right.

And that's man enemy has the same beliefs.

But when this conflict is over

we can be sure in one thing ...

justice will prevail.

God cannot be set aside.


What is it, Christy?

It's a matter of life and death.

- Oh ... I'll wait when you finish your service.

- Christy!

- What is happen?

- Father has been arrested,

by the army, in Springtown.

- They say he is a rebel.

- What!?

They killed uncle Peter and

they go to hang father!

I don't know what mother will say when

she hears that I'd been interrupted the service.

- Your father is no rebel.

We all know that.

- They don't. And they won't beleive me!

He was with uncle Peter, and you

know what uncle Peter's like.

I'll go there myself and speak with the authorities.

They'll believe me.

William Dudgeon, will you come with us?

As relatives we are deeply shocked,

but what can we do?

We might be in danger ourselfs.

- He's right, Mr. Anderson!

- Perhaps you're right.

- My friends, I must leave.

The blessing of God be with you.

- Amen.

After all, our families

had never been very close.

Is your mother at home?

- Yes. Oh!

She could not come to church,

she's not very well.

My wife will look after her.

Judith, go to Mrs. Dudgeon and stay

with her till I bring her husband home.

Tell her that Christy and I

are gone to Springtown.

We'll be there within an hour.


- You take care.

- Nothing will happen to me, or to Timothy Dudgeon.

He is an innocent man.

Advance! Stand! Ho!

General Burgoyne,

my name is Parshotter,

I am the minister here.

I have always preached

loyalty to the crown.

Without sufficient eloquency, I gather.

That wretched, misguided fellow

not one of my flock, sir.

Not a Springtown man,

he's from Websterbridge.

Ah, no, no, Springtown is loyal, sir.

Non a violation to non-concord here.

In our church here we pray for king George,

and of course his armed forces.

Thank you, sir. Most helpful.


If you don't mind, minister.

Swindon, if you could now

get the matter for your attention.

We're good enough to do up tents for the garrison.

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John Dighton

John Dighton (1909 – 1989) was a British playwright and screenwriter. Dighton wrote for the stage until 1936, when he made the transition to films. His output during the 1940s included comedian Will Hay's last starring features, and several George Formby films as well as the 1947 adaptation of Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby, and the 1943 war movie Undercover starring John Clements and Michael Wilding. Employed by Ealing Studios, he collaborated on the screenplays of such celebrated comedies as Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) and The Man in the White Suit (1952), sharing an Academy Award nomination for the latter. He gained a second nomination for the American-financed Roman Holiday (1953). Two of his more popular stage plays, The Happiest Days of Your Life and Who Goes There! (known as The Passionate Sentry in the USA), were successfully adapted for the screen by Dighton himself, the former in collaboration with Frank Launder. His final screen credit was his adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's The Devil's Disciple, penned in collaboration with Roland Kibbee. more…

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