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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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Aunt Ada Greenfield
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Joshua Mason
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Jock Thompson
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Sen. Ted Greenfield
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Oscar Worthington James
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Sadie
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Dr. Ferguson (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
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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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Far Horizon  »

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$689,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bette Davis and Mary Astor thought the original script was not very good. They ended up doing massive rewrites on the script themselves. See more »

Goofs

When Maggie drives up the dirt road in a black car to meet Pete's plane, the reflection of the boom mic can clearly be seen on the windshield of the car, just as Maggie says "That's Pete; That's his signal." See more »

Quotes

Maggie Patterson Van Allen: Violet! Lunch! Ham, cakes, honey, and coffee!
Violet: Jefferson!
[He enters]
Violet: Go out back and get that honey-glazed, peanut-fed, sweet Virginia ham.
Jefferson: 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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Referenced in The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Liebestod
(1859) (uncredited)
from "Tristan und Isolde"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played as background music when Maggie and Sandra meet backstage
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Truly A Great Film Classic
30 August 2007 | by 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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