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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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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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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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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 2, 1942 with George Brent and Mary Astor reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sandra Kovac: "If I didn't think you meant so well, I'd feel like slapping your face"
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Referenced in The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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Truly A Great Film Classic
30 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Betty Davis, (Maggie Patterson Van Allen) was a very wealthy young woman who was very much in love with a man named Pete who liked to drink and got married to a woman named Sandra Kovack, (Mary Astor). However, Sandra was not really divorced from her first husband and therefore her marriage to Pete was unlawful. Sandra & Pete confront each other and decide to get married once again, but Pete decides he really loves Maggie Patterson and makes her his bride and they are very happy together. Sandra Kovack is an accomplished pianist and is well known through out the world for her great performances. There is an event that happens between Maggie Patterson Van Allen and Sandra Kovack which turns this film in a different direction that causes many problems and will turn into one Great Lie. Great acting by Hattie McDaniel, (Violet) who gave a great supporting role to these great veteran actors. Don't miss this film, it is truly a great film classic from 1941.


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