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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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Lucile Watson ...
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Jock Thompson
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Senator Greenfield
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Worthington James
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Colonel Harriston
Virginia Brissac ...
Sadie
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Dr. Ferguson (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
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Mr. Talbot
Sam McDaniel ...
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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Trivia

Mary Astor mimed playing the piano in this film extremely convincingly, being an accomplished pianist in her own right. However, the actual piano playing on the soundtrack was dubbed by Max Rabinowitz. When close-up shots were required, Norma Drury Boleslavsky 's hands are those we see on the piano. See more »

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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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Susie Girl
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Competent Melodrama
10 March 2000 | by (Cleveland, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

"The Great Lie" provides an example of what the Warner

Bros. stock company could produce during the early 40s.

Bette Davis is her usual strong character, George Brent

his standard wooden but creditable personality, and Mary

Astor in a surprisingly fiery turn, is a performance which

contributes a winning balance.

The best scenes are confrontations and interactions between Davis and Astor, and they play the dramatics for

all they're worth.

It's an entertaining film, with an array of fine character

actors (including scene-stealing Hattie McDaniel) to bolster the proceedings. Max Steiner's score is on hand to

add atmosphere to the action.


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