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The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)

The dramatized life of immortal humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, from his days as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River until his death in 1910 shortly after Halley's Comet returned.

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Olivia Langdon Clemens
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J.B. Pond
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Steve Gillis
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Oxford Chancellor
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Bret Harte
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Charles Langdon (as Bill Henry)
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Clara Clemens
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Billings, Enterprise Typesetter
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Mrs. Langdon
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He was a riverboat pilot, newspaper reporter, penniless prospector, would-be entrepreneur, loving family man, world traveler, pomposity burster and raconteur. Then he passed away on April 21, 1910 at age 75 shorty after Halley's Comet returned as he predicted. This turns out that the man who created adventures for Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and a Connecticut Yankee led a mighty adventurous life himself. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) said, "Truth is a very valuable thing. I believe we should be economical with it." And that sets the tone for what follows: a biography about the immortal humorist's life from Hannibal boyhood to Big River exploits to global literary lion and more. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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All aboard, full steam ahead for the life story of America's greatest storyteller! See more »


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22 July 1944 (USA)  »

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Las aventuras de Mark Twain  »

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Trivia

The typesetting machine (aka Paige Compositor) for which Clemens was so enthusiastic was never a profitable venture due to the need for continual adjustment. Clemens' investment was about $300,000 or in present day monies: $5,820,000. See more »

Goofs

The epitaph quoted in the movie by Samuel Clemens was not for his wife's grave; rather, it was for his daughter Susie. See more »

Quotes

Mark Twain: Well I found out what a mine is anyway. It's a hole in the ground with a darn fool at the end of it.
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Referenced in So You Want to Be an Actor (1949) See more »

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Of the movie The Adventures of Mark Twain
25 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoy movies like this one, it tells not only about the life of a real person, the the time he grew up in, & lived it, I feel at least once in a person's life they should take the time to watch this movie~ the actor Fredric March gave a brilliant performance.I can't think of any actor today except maybe for Harrison Ford, that could play this role, with realism. It takes a very gifted actor to play this part and Fredric March even looks and acts more like Mark Twain, then even Mark Twain himself. I would like to know how others feel about this movie, and if it had any effect on their lives at all? I know it did me, I began to write, keep notes in my notebook in high school, I wanted to be a writer, and over the years I have had several articles published and a book. Thanks~


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