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The Man with Two Faces (1934)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  4 August 1934 (USA)
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A talented young actress seems to be under the spell of her unscrupulous, avaricious, and totally unprincipled husband.

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Cast

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Jessica
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Weston
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Daphne
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Stanley Vance
Arthur Byron ...
Dr. Kendall
John Eldredge ...
Barry
David Landau ...
Curtis
Emily Fitzroy ...
Hattie
Henry O'Neill ...
Inspector Crane
Anton Stengel ...
Stage Manager
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Morgue Keeper
Margaret Dale ...
Aunt Martha Temple
Virginia Sale ...
Peabody - Weston's Secretary
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Storyline

Actress Jessica Wells, sister of actor Damon Wells, is on top of her form except when her husband Vance is around. When Vance takes her to the apartment of a theatrical producer she comes home incoherent and Vance is found dead in the vanished producer's hotel suite. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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It's the most unusual picture since "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

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Crime | Drama

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4 August 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Homem de Duas Caras  »

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Trivia

The original play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 25 November 1933 and had 57 performances. Anton Stengel and Margaret Dale originated their movie roles in the play, and the cast included Porter Hall and Margaret Hamilton. See more »

Quotes

Daphne Flowers: [to Sergeant Curtis about Wells] Get him to explain refinement to you. It's just too divine!
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Connections

Remade as The Dark Tower (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Am I Blue?
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Grant Clarke
Sung a cappella by Ricardo Cortez
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It's the performances
26 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If this film has a weak spot it's the story's details. Without giving anything away the whole idea of Vance's (Calhern) Svengali-like hypnotic effect on his wife (Astor) is a bit far-fetched, even for 1934. And quite frankly Robinson's disguise left a lot to be desired. And let's not forget the clue that clinched the policeman's case. I can't imagine building a case of such flimsy evidence. There's other areas of concern but I digress. Now for the good part: where the film shines is in the performances. This bevy of fine actors does a most excellent job at presenting complex characters driven by events not of their own choosing. It's a pretty talky film but I didn't mind in the least. The dialog is spirited, lively, expressive. And the performers tended to make me forget the plot's weak points. They were captivating, all of them, Robinson, Astor, Calhern, Cortez (in a rare good guy part), and last but not least, Mae Clarke, in my opinion a most underrated actor.


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