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Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight! (1967)

Recreating the one-man show he starred in on Broadway, 'Hal Holbrook' portrays Mark Twain as a 70-year old humorist who skewers politicians, newspapermen and so-called patriots in this 90 ... See full summary »

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Recreating the one-man show he starred in on Broadway, 'Hal Holbrook' portrays Mark Twain as a 70-year old humorist who skewers politicians, newspapermen and so-called patriots in this 90 minute monologue. Holbrook adapted Twain's own words for a commentary on slavery, religion and politics, mixing the satire with comic yarns about life on the Mississippi and a very effective ghost story. The show's highlight are the lengthy passages from "Huckleberry Finn". Written by David Bassler

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Hal Holbrook brings the special intimacy of television to his memorable stage portrayal of Mark Twain.


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6 March 1967 (USA)  »

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The makers of this production videotaped more material than could be shown on television, and because time was needed for commercial breaks, some of that material was edited out before the telecast. Much of it has been restored on the DVD, which runs ninety minutes even without commercials. See more »

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Mark Twain: Ladies and gentlemen, how solemn and beautiful is the thought, that the earliest pioneer of civilization is never the railroad, never the newspaper, never the missionary, but whiskey.
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Fabulous!
20 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

Hal Holbrook's greatest work. A one-man show in which Holbrook becomes Twain. If this gets people to read more Twain (which everyone should) it's done its job. One of the best things broadcast TV ever did.


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