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The Great Lie (1941)

Approved  |   |  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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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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George Brent was a licensed pilot and did his own landings in the movie. 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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Slumber My Darling
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung a cappella by Hattie McDaniel
Reprised by a young boy and an off-screen chorus
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missing husbands, mystery babies, warring ladies
23 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An average melodrama with a powerhouse performance by Mary Astor (if you've only seen her as Marmie in 'Little Women' she's a bit different here). Bette Davis and George Brent are former lovers still on the boil, and circumstances mean that he is passed between her and Astor depending on what's happened on a particular day. Then he goes missing in a plane, there's a baby, there's a plan ... and that's about it.

'The Great Lie' is a typical Warners potboiler, lengthy, not very believable, but with decent enough performances and production values. In the 1940s there were a lot of love triangles in the movies and a lot about the sanctity of marriage and the importance of children; this film is no exception. The husband may be a bit colourless, but the ladies he is involved with more than make up for that, although it is hardly Davis' best performance.


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