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The Man with Two Faces (1934)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 4 August 1934 (USA)
A talented young actress seems to be under the spell of her unscrupulous, avaricious, and totally unprincipled husband.

Director:

Archie Mayo

Writers:

Tom Reed (screen play), Niven Busch (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Damon Welles / Jules Chautard
Mary Astor ... Jessica Wells
Ricardo Cortez ... Ben Weston
Mae Clarke ... Daphne Flowers
Louis Calhern ... Stanley Vance
Arthur Byron ... Dr. Kendall
John Eldredge ... Horace Barry Jones
David Landau ... Curtis
Emily Fitzroy ... Hattie
Henry O'Neill ... Inspector Crane
Anton Stengel Anton Stengel ... Stage Manager
Arthur Aylesworth ... Morgue Keeper
Margaret Dale ... Aunt Martha Temple
Virginia Sale ... Peabody - Weston's Secretary
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Storyline

Actress Jessica Wells, sister of actor Damon Wells, is on top of her form except when her husband Vance is around. When Vance takes her to the apartment of a theatrical producer she comes home incoherent and Vance is found dead in the vanished producer's hotel suite. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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It's the most unusual picture since "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Strange Case of Mr. Chautard See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Dorothy Tree (Patsy Dowling) and Frank Darien (Doorman) are in studio records for those roles, but were not seen in the film. See more »

Quotes

Damon Welles: Allow me to present my brother-in-law, Mr. Stanley Vance. If you want to know about him, ask the warden at San Quentin. There's only one profession that he's shown any skill. He's an expert in the art of living on women. Lovely work, if you can get it. But, of course, it takes a certain slimy charm.
Stanley Vance: I say, you're getting a little nasty, aren't you?
Damon Welles: What till I'm warmed up!
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Referenced in Hope & Gloria: The Face with Two Men (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung by Mae Clarke
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not great, but very entertaining, rewarding
15 May 2011 | by chipeSee all my reviews

This movie is a nice little gem, mainly for the witty dialog and impressive rank of actors who clearly enjoyed their work. No surprise there -- just look at the writers, source material and cast. Even the supporting players had great lines that they delivered with gusto. None of it is very realistic, but the set-up is great, much of the acting is over-the-top fun, and there is a great deal of humor. The finale is interesting -- it won't please everyone, but it is even-handed -- both pre-code and code aspects. See it and you will know what I mean. Incidentally, as another reviewer here noted, the TV Guide review (you have to go to the TV Guide website to see it) is WRONG about important parts of the plot and especially the ending. It is as though their reviewer did not see the movie!


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