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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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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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The scene where Clemens receives an honorary degree from Oxford University in 1907 was the recreation of an event that C. Aubrey Smith, who plays the Oxford Chancellor, actually witnessed. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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A great biographical movie.
14 April 2002 | by (Midwest) – See all my reviews

I have always admired Fredric March as an actor. This roll showed his great versatility. The writing and editing of Mark Twain's life into this movie makes it one of the finest biographical movies of all time. The soliloquy by the chancellor of Oxford, played by C. Abrey Smith, encapsulates the life of Twain, better than any I've heard or read since. This movie is a must for any student of American literature.


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