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The Great Lie (1941)

 -  Drama  -  12 April 1941 (USA)
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After a newlywed's husband apparently dies in a plane crash, she discovers that her rival for his affections is now pregnant with his child.

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George Brent ...
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Lucile Watson ...
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Joshua Mason
Jerome Cowan ...
Jock H. Thompson
Charles Trowbridge ...
Sen. Ted Greenfield
Thurston Hall ...
Worthington James
Russell Hicks ...
Colonel Harriston
Virginia Brissac ...
Sadie
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Dr. Ferguson (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
Addison Richards ...
Mr. Talbot
Sam McDaniel ...
Jefferson Washington
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Olin Howland ...
Ed, Arizona Ranch Hand (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Sandra and Pete elope but their marriage is invalid since she's not yet divorced. Sandra is, however, pregnant by Pete. Pete marries his former fiancée Maggie, then flies to South America where his plane crashes. Maggie pays Sandra to let her adopt Pete's baby. Pete returns "from the dead". Sandra and Maggie contend for Pete and the baby. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Sometimes there's a terrible penalty for telling the truth.

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12 April 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Far Horizon  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Pete returns from seeing his lawyer, early in the film, he finds Sandra's agent in the living room listening to her latest recording. This is an excerpt from the first movement of the Piano Concerto No 4 in D minor by Anton Rubinstein, a great rarity and certainly not recorded by anyone else in 1941. It was possibly chosen by Max Steiner because it was no longer in copyright, but whatever the reason, it was a most unusual and sophisticated choice. See more »

Goofs

At 55:22, inconsistencies with Sandra, how she leans forward with her hand on her brow, reveals poor editing of takes. See more »

Quotes

Sandra Kovac: I'm not one of you anemic creatures who can get nourishment from a lettuce leaf - I'm a musician, I'm an artist! I have zest and appetite - and I like food!
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Competent Melodrama
10 March 2000 | by (Cleveland, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

"The Great Lie" provides an example of what the Warner

Bros. stock company could produce during the early 40s.

Bette Davis is her usual strong character, George Brent

his standard wooden but creditable personality, and Mary

Astor in a surprisingly fiery turn, is a performance which

contributes a winning balance.

The best scenes are confrontations and interactions between Davis and Astor, and they play the dramatics for

all they're worth.

It's an entertaining film, with an array of fine character

actors (including scene-stealing Hattie McDaniel) to bolster the proceedings. Max Steiner's score is on hand to

add atmosphere to the action.


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