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The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)

Approved | | Adventure, Biography, Drama | 22 July 1944 (USA)
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.

Director:

Irving Rapper

Writers:

Alan Le May (screen play by), Alan Le May (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Fredric March ... Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)
Alexis Smith ... Olivia Langdon Clemens
Donald Crisp ... J.B. Pond
Alan Hale ... Steve Gillis
C. Aubrey Smith ... Oxford Chancellor
John Carradine ... Bret Harte
William Henry ... Charles Langdon (as Bill Henry)
Robert Barrat ... Horace E. Bixby - Riverboat Captain
Walter Hampden ... Jervis Langdon
Joyce Reynolds ... Clara Clemens
Whitford Kane ... Joe Goodwin - Editor
Percy Kilbride ... Billings - Enterprise Typesetter
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Langdon
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las aventuras de Mark Twain See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Footage of the riverboats was later used in the Warner Brothers TV series Maverick (1957). See more »

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As in many biographical movies, several characters and events are fictionalized, conflated, or depicted out of order. See more »

Quotes

Mark Twain: Ladies and gentlemen, William Shakespeare, the greatest author in the English language is dead.....and I feel far from well myself.
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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 mermattSee 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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