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The Great Lie (1941)

Approved | | Drama | 12 April 1941 (USA)
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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Cast

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George Brent ...
Pete
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Lucile Watson ...
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Jerome Cowan ...
Jock Thompson
Charles Trowbridge ...
Senator 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
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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of Mary Astor 's lines is, "Who brought me to this dump?" Eight years later Bette Davis said "What a dump!", one of her best known quotes, in Beyond the Forest (1949). Both original scripts were written by Lenore J. Coffee. See more »

Goofs

At 40:52, Maggie's hand on Pete's shoulder changes. See more »

Quotes

Violet: He always likes his little tune 'fore he goes to bed.
Sandra Kovac: Oh, musical?
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Featured in Bamboozled (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
(1888) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpts played over opening credits
Variations played often as background music
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the great film
2 August 2006 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

An amazing unfolding story that arises out of a ridiculously unplausible plot that nevertheless is a classic film. Who needs a plot anyway when you have Mary Astor and Bette Davis fighting over the quietly cool George Brent? Throw in an unexpected pregnancy and a trip to the Arizona desert to keep the mother from having a miscarriage due to her bad habits, with boredom, sand storms, and endless cigarettes. The way it sounds is not at all like the impact it produces. There's one point in the film's second half when people might be thinking that it would be a good place to end the film, keeping the lie intact. But Edmund Goulding (Nightmare Alley) makes the absolute most of what follows, hitting the real ending with power and precision.


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