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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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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)  »

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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

At Mary Astor's suggestion, her hair was cut into the chignon shape she wears in the film because rolling and styling it took too long. She then wore it the same but a bit longer in The Maltese Falcon (1941), causing a fashion craze. See more »

Goofs

The cake that Violet and Jefferson take to the party changes size from the time it leaves the kitchen and its arrival in the dining area. It leaves the kitchen very tall and arrives considerably shorter. See more »

Quotes

Maggie Patterson Van Allen: Darling! I give up! You can paint the house white, the trees white...
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Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
(uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpts played over opening credits
Variations played often as background music
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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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