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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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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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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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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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Features They Died with Their Boots On (1941) See more »

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Very enjoyable biography
24 December 2002 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

In spite of the discrepancies it was a fine movie. I have read most of the biographical works and this gives a wonderful picture of who Mark Twain really is. It captures his love of his wife & family very nicely. I recommend it to all that enjoy Mark Twain. The acting was better than average for that period in movie making.


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