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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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)  »

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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 »

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

Quotes

Violet: Vioet! Lunch! Ham, honey, cake, and coffee!
Violet: Jefferson!
[He enters]
Violet: Go out back and get that honey-glazed, peanut-fed, sweet Virginia ham.
Maggie Patterson Van Allen: You 'ain't gonna feed that man is you?
Violet: Jefferson, I'd feed the devil 'hiself if he done polished up the smile on Miss Maggie's face like that!
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Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 4 in D minor, 1st movement
(uncredited)
Music by Anton Rubinstein
Played on the phonograph when Pete returns to his apartment after seeing his lawyer
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Supreme soap opera of lies and deceit
27 March 1999 | by (Redwood Shores, CA.) – See all my reviews

Bette Davis and Mary Astor take place in one of filmdoms greatest bitch-fests, The sappy sweet Davis and obnoxious concert pianist Astor both love the same man(George Brent). He goes back and forth between them. Slick and soapy, the performances are great and Astor walked away with an Oscar. Great classical score, too.


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