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The Villain Still Pursued Her

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The Villain Still Pursued Her
Directed byEdward F. Cline
Produced byHarold B. Franklin
StarringRichard Cromwell
Alan Mowbray
Buster Keaton
Anita Louise
Franklin-Black Productions
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • October 11, 1940 (1940-10-11)[1]
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$96,000[2]

The Villain Still Pursued Her is a 1940 film directed by Edward F. Cline and starring Billy Gilbert and Buster Keaton. It is a parody of old stage melodramas but is based primarily on The Drunkard, a 19th-century prohibitionist play by William H. Smith that had also been lampooned in other productions, most notably in the 1934 W. C. Fields comedy The Old Fashioned Way.

The overall format of the film is that of a stage play, with much dialogue spoken directly to the camera.

Buster Keaton is notable in a speaking but minor supporting role as Dalton, a family friend.


Mary Wilson lives with her mother in a cottage but cannot pay the mortgage. Mr. Cribbs, a mustachioed villain with cloak and cane, knocks on the door and spells out the Wilsons' financial position, suggesting that Mary should work in New York.

Cribbs hides while waiting for Mary to pass, but she also hides. A young man named Edward Middleton stops to pick up an injured bird and Cribbs questions him. Mary intervenes and instantly falls in love with Middleton. Mary marries Hamilton, who extols the virtues of an alcohol-free life, but Cribbs tricks him into drinking rum, and Mary smells it on his breath.

Eight years later, Hamilton is a drunkard. He has hidden bottles of whiskey and is able to down an entire bottle in ten seconds. He returns home to Mary and their daughter and chops down the cherry tree that his father had planted.

In New York in 1850, Middleton is living as a drunkard on the street, and Cribbs tries to trick him into deeper crime. Meanwhile, Mary lives alone in poverty with her daughter, her mother having died. Cribbs tries to press himself on Mary and she is saved by William Dalton.

Back in New York, Middleton is about to be arrested for drunkenness but is saved by a comic pie fight. Middleton then encounters the philanthropist Frederick Healy, who makes him sign a pledge of sobriety. Cribbs has Middleton forge the signature of Healy on a $5,000 check and he sends a boy to the bank to cash it, but Dalton exposes the crime.

Cribbs is exposed for various crimes and Middleton receives a certificate of sobriety.


See also


  1. ^ "The Villain Still Pursued Her". Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p152

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