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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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This Broadway production of "Mark Twain Tonight!" opened at the Longacre Theater in New York on March 23, 1966 and ran for 85 performances. 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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Mark Twain-Hal Holbrook's Brilliant Stage Show
28 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

I've been a fan of Hal Holbrook probably since I was growing up in the 1970's and saw him as the lead bad guy in 'Magnum Force' opposite Clint Eastwood. He is just a great, great actor and still going strong at 90 years old. Just saw 'Mark Twain Tonight!' again last night at the University of New Mexico for the 2nd time in the last few years. This one man stage show is older than I am by a few years and just wonderful. The live show is always changing due to the many writings and commentaries of real life philosophical humorist Samuel Clemens as the author Mark Twain. The show last night was brilliant and I'm ready to see it again. If you're a fan of social commentary by real thinking men such as Mark Twain and Will Rogers, then this show is for you. Sometimes side splitting funny and sometimes it will bring a tear to your eyes with its poignancy. Mark Twain's musings and social commentary were written over a hundred years ago and are as relevant today as when they they were first penned and or spoken. In every sense of the words Mr Holbrook does honor & justice to the works of the great writer American Mark Twain. Hal Holbrook has Tony and Emmy awards to his name along with an Academy Award nomination. Hopefully in the not too distant future he will receive a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award. He is 90 this year so the A.M.P.A.S. Oscar folks better hurry up. Hal Holbrook is that good.


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