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


Stanley Vance: Now let me warn you. If you hurt those mice I shall have the extreme pleasure of knocking you down and kicking your brains out.
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Referenced in Hope & Gloria: The Face with Two Men (1995) See more »


Am I Blue?
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Grant Clarke
Sung a cappella by Ricardo Cortez
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Two-faced man
6 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson is "The Man with Two Faces" in this 1934 drama which also stars Louis Calhern, Mary Astor, and Ricardo Cortez. Astor and Robinson are Jessica and Damon Wells, sister and brother actors appearing in the out of town tryout of a play called "The Dark Tower." Astor's cruel, greedy, crooked husband, Stanley Vance (Calhern) is believed dead. Unfortunately he's not, and he shows up where the cast is staying.

Damon Wells comes up with an idea of getting rid of Vance once and for all, and he uses Wells' greed to do it, telling him that a man, Chautard, is interested in buying Vance's and Jessica's part of the show for a great deal of money. Stanley eagerly meets Chautard at his hotel.

This is a nice, short mystery that showcases both Robinson and Calhern. It's not the most believable plot - for one thing, Astor becomes shell-shocked when her husband appears and does everything he tells her, as if she has no mind of her own. That seemed rather odd. However, the acting is good and the action goes by pleasantly.

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