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I Walk Alone  /  The Devil's Disciple

The Devil's Disciple
July 13, 2016 - 7:30 pm

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I Walk Alone  (1948)

In their first screen appearance together, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas square off as former Prohibition-era rum-running partners at odds over the spoils of their enterprise.  Returning after 14 years in prison, tough guy Frankie Madison (Lancaster) is out for vengeance when he finds his former partner, the unctuously scheming Dink Turner (Douglas), running a successful nightclub and reluctant to give Frankie his due.

16mm, b/w, 98 min.  DIR: Byron Haskin.  SCR: Charles Schnee, Robert Smith, John Bright.  CAST: Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott, Wendell Corey.

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The Devil's Disciple  (1959)

A delightful pairing of frequent co-stars Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster, this unusual outing transports them to Revolutionary America, where sardonic reprobate Dick Dudgeon (Douglas) is mistaken for minister Anthony Anderson (Lancaster) and arrested by British forces by dint of mistaken identity.  The Shavian comedy is tempered by Laurence Olivier's British officer… but only slightly, as the American co-stars' chemistry wins the day. 

16mm, b/w, 82 min.  DIR: Guy Hamilton.  SCR: John Dighton, Roland Kibbee.  CAST: Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Laurence Olivier, Janette Scott.