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"For King & Country!"
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A great thing about high-definition (HD) is the ability to re-enhance older black & white films. The latest product is one of my all-time favorite films: The Devil's Disciple (1955). It stars 3 Academy Award Best Actors: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Sir Laurence Olivier.
The story takes place sometime during the middle of the American Revolutionary War. It's historic fiction. Lancaster plays the Rev. Anthony Anderson, a peace-loving pastor of a small village. His wife is young and very naive. She's played by British actress, Janette Scott, who was only 17 at the time. The heroic and well-preserved Lancaster was 42.
More heroic was Douglas' character, Richard Dudgeon, whose father is hung by the British troops for suspicion of treason against the Crown, at the beginning of the film. Douglas is perfect for the role of the sharp-tongued, rake and ramblin' guy.
Olivier plays "Gentleman Johnny" (true historic figure Gen. John Burgoyne). Through a couple Hitchcockian plot twists and mistaken identities, Olivier is placed in the position to hang one of his co-stars....for King and Country!
This historic romance is based on the 1901 play written by George Bernard Shaw. Each chapter of the film begins with a narration and Claymation war figurines, which are a cute touch for back in the '50's. This film only runs 83 minutes. My favorite scene is when the "trees fall." Enjoy!

 
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