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The Man with Two Faces (1934)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Damon Welles / Jules Chautard
Jessica Wells
Ben Weston
Daphne Flowers
Stanley Vance
Dr. Kendall
John Eldredge ...
Horace Barry Jones
David Landau ...
Inspector Crane
Anton Stengel ...
Stage Manager
Morgue Keeper
Margaret Dale ...
Aunt Martha Temple
Peabody - Weston's Secretary


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."


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

4 August 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Homem de Duas Caras  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the photos in producer Ricardo Cortez's office is that of character comedian Edward Everett Horton. See more »


Damon Welles: Say, will you quit jabbering like a theatrical trade journal.
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Referenced in Hope & Gloria: The Face with Two Men (1995) See more »


Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung by Mae Clarke
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A sterling performance
26 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson turns in a pair of great performances as both an actor theatrical impresario and as a character he plays out in real life as a possible investor in his new show which stars his sister Mary Astor. Thus Robinson becomes The Man With Two Faces.

Things seem to be going well when Louis Calhern shows up. He was actually thought dead and had very few who mourned him. Calhern is a thorough going cad, in a few years his would have been a part that George Sanders would have relished. But he has a strange Svengali like influence over Astor and for her sake he's barely tolerated.

Robinson has had a scheme long in the making about Calhern. The problem is that Calhern is in need of money. That's where Robinson as the investor comes in.

Don't want to give too much away. The film is based on a George S. Kaufman-Alexander Woollcott play The Dark Tower. I thought it a strange product for Kaufman. None of the satirical wit is present or at least in this film version, it might have been drained antiseptic by the newly placed Code.

However Robinson is outstanding and his fans should The Man With Two Faces.

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