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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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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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Joe Goodwin, Editor
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Billings, Enterprise Typesetter
Nana Bryant ...
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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The life story of the creator of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn - His keen pen wove a fabric of wit into the lives of Americans! See more »


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22 July 1944 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Sam Clemens was actually a deserter from a Confederate militia company in his home town area of Missouri in 1861. It was the basis of his story "The Short History of a Private Campaign That Failed. See more »

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The film first shows Mark Twain wearing his famous white suit as the author speaks to his wife Livy while she is on her deathbed. Twain began wearing the suit only after he had finished mourning his wife's death, at which time he swore he would only wear white for the rest of his life. (Michael Shelden recounted this in the opening of his biography, "Mark Twain: Man in White -- The Grand Adventure of His Final Years.") 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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Features They Died with Their Boots On (1941) See more »

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A great biography
5 August 1998 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Frederic March has a wonderful time playing the great author with all his humor and wisdom. This film is often overlooked, but it is one of the great bio-flicks. The settings, cast, Max Steiner score, and magic of the adventures add up to a funny and touching movie.

With a film like this available, I can report that the rumors of Mark Twain's death are indeed exaggerated.


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