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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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Sadie
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Dr. Ferguson (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
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Mr. Talbot
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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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Trivia

One of Mary Astor 's lines is, "Who brought me to this dump?" Eight years later Bette Davis said "What a dump!", one of her best known quotes, in Beyond the Forest (1949). Both original scripts were written by Lenore J. Coffee. See more »

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At 55:22, inconsistencies with Sandra, how she leans forward with her hand on her brow, reveals poor editing of takes. See more »

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Maggie Patterson Van Allen: Darling! I give up! You can paint the house white, the trees white...
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The Man on the Flying Trapeze
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Gaston Lyle
Played during the home movie scene
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Generally well-acted and entertaining, but not a highlight of Bette Davis' career...
1 September 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

One of Bette Davis' more colorless entries. Here she spars with concert pianist Mary Astor over playboy George Brent (the "lie" of the title involves one of the women raising the other's child as if it were her own). Somewhat plodding melodrama does pick up steam in its second-act, but it may lose non-devout viewers before then. The film's biggest obstacles are the awkward direction by Edmund Goulding and Lenore Coffee's soapy screenplay. Mary Astor won a Supporting Actress Oscar, yet her bitchiness occasionally seems forced (she's a good sport when being used for comedic relief, but even this doesn't fully come off). Hattie McDaniel is always nice to have around (albeit stuck in her proverbial role as the mouthy maid). As for Davis, she certainly looks good, however the star is trapped performing in a dishearteningly subdued key nearly throughout. ** from ****


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