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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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Damon Welles / Jules Chautard
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Jessica Wells
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Ben Weston
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Daphne Flowers
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Stanley Vance
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Dr. Kendall
John Eldredge ...
Horace Barry Jones
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Curtis
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Hattie
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Inspector Crane
Anton Stengel ...
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Morgue Keeper
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Aunt Martha Temple
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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)  »

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O Homem de Duas Caras  »

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1.37 : 1
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One of the photos in producer Ricardo Cortez's office is that of character comedian Edward Everett Horton. See more »

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Damon Welles: Allow me to present my brother-in-law, Mr. Stanley Vance. If you want to know about him, ask the warden at San Quentin. There's only one profession that he's shown any skill. He's an expert in the art of living on women. Lovely work, if you can get it. But, of course, it takes a certain slimy charm.
Stanley Vance: I say, you're getting a little nasty, aren't you?
Damon Welles: What till I'm warmed up!
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Referenced in Hope & Gloria: The Face with Two Men (1995) See more »

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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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"Whoever would rid the Earth of Stanley Vance would be doing a public service"
2 April 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A play is about to have it's opening night when something awful happens....Stanley Vance (Louis Calhern) arrives. It seems that everyone thought he was dead...and hoped this was the case. But this malicious jerk is somehow alive and he's arrived for one reason....to destroy his wife's play until he is paid off to just go away again! It seems that Jessica (Mary Astor) is like a zombie around the Svengali-like Stanley...as if he is exerting some sort of mind control over her...and she seems helpless to stop him from ruining everything. Everyone hates Stanley...everybody. So you assume sooner or later Stanley is going to suffer some 'accident' which will permanently remove this vicious jerk from the picture. But who and how...that is what you'll have to find out when you watch the picture.

I really enjoyed watching Louis Calhern. He was delightfully awful...sort of like watching a cat toying with a mouse before ultimately snuffing it. He must have had a great time doing this...and he was excellent. I also loved that this is the sort of film where the audience is pulling for the murder to happen AND for the killer to get away with it...something which helped make "The Suspect" one of the best movies of its day. Overall, a very entertaining film...well acted, well written and very enjoyable.


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