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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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Jock Thompson
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Senator Ted Greenfield
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Oscar Worthington James
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Dr. Ferguson (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
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Jefferson
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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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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

George Brent was a licensed pilot and did his own landings in the movie. See more »

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At 49:16, Maggie's left hand goes from face to couch. 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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Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 4 in D minor, 1st movement
(1872) (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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