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The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 11 October 1940 (USA)
The widow Wilson and her daughter Mary have just learned that old Mr. Middleton, who held the mortgage on their home, has passed away. They are now visited by Middleton's lawyer, Cribbs, ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward F. Cline

Writers:

Elbert Franklin (screenplay), Ethel La Blanche (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hugh Herbert ... Frederick Healy
Anita Louise ... Mary Wilson
Alan Mowbray ... Silas Cribbs
Buster Keaton ... William Dalton
Joyce Compton ... Hazel Dalton
Richard Cromwell ... Edward Middleton
Billy Gilbert ... Master of Ceremonies
Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. Wilson
Diane Fisher Diane Fisher ... Julia Middleton
Charles Judels ... M. Dubois - Pie Vendor
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The widow Wilson and her daughter Mary have just learned that old Mr. Middleton, who held the mortgage on their home, has passed away. They are now visited by Middleton's lawyer, Cribbs, who informs them that Middleton's son and heir Edward plans to foreclose and take possession of their home. When Mary goes to plead with Edward, she soon discovers that it is really the unscrupulous Cribbs who wants to drive them out of their home. When Mary and Edward become engaged to be married, it looks as if all is well. But the calculating Cribbs has a new plan, which begins with luring young Edward into a lifestyle of drinking and dissipation. Written by Snow Leopard

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HILARIOUS MELLERDRAMMER...good to the last dram! (original print ad) See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boire et déboires See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Cast credits on the end of the film are in order of appearance. See more »

Quotes

William Dalton: Oh, if I ever get a hold of that feller Stevens, I'll give him something to smell that's nastier than peaches or my name ain't... William Dalton!
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Connections

Version of The Drunkard (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Long, Long Ago
original title, "The Long Ago" (1833)
by Thomas Haynes Bayly
Played on the harp by Anita Louise
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Just an Old-Fashioned Film Spoof
4 October 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Introduced by bombastic Billy Gilbert, the story begins in old New York, where moustache-twirling lawyer Alan Mowbray (as Silas Cribbs) is trying to get control of the estate recently inherited by handsome young Richard Cromwell (as Edward Middleton). The lascivious Mr. Mowbray is also interested in harp-playing beauty Anita Louise (as Mary Wilson), who finds her true love is Mr. Cromwell. After the lovebirds wed, Mowbray tries to gain control over Cromwell with alcohol...

This broad parody of old-time melodramas may initially be taken as a bad movie, but it's a surprisingly clever spoof, for the time.

Unfortunately, the film stays in a mildly amusing mode for most of the running time, and depends on a mediocre pie-in-the-face for its comedy climax. With their tongues pressed firmly in cheek, Cromwell and Mowbray make swell scenery-chewing, eyebrow-raising impressions. As Ms. Louise's mother, marvelous Margaret Hamilton matches the melodramatics. While miscast as Cromwell's boyhood pal, silent legend Buster Keaton is a bonus. Farm animals offer deadpan counterpoint.

******* The Villain Still Pursued Her (10/11/40) Edward F. Cline ~ Richard Cromwell, Alan Mowbray, Buster Keaton, Anita Louise


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