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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.

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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, aka 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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All aboard, full steam ahead for the life story of America's greatest storyteller! 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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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 »

Goofs

The film first shows Mark Twain wearing his famous white suit as the author speaks to his wife Livy while she is on her deathbed. Twain began wearing the suit only after he had finished mourning his wife's death, at which time he swore he would only wear white for the rest of his life. (Michael Shelden recounted this in the opening of his biography, "Mark Twain: Man in White -- The Grand Adventure of His Final Years.") 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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Connections

Referenced in So You Want to Be an Actor (1949) See more »

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As great a film biolography as Mark Twain, himself
10 February 2001 | by ronaldlaporteSee all my reviews

If you love Mark Twain, then you will adore this great biographical film. The movie is not just the run of the mill biography made in the 1930's and 40's, but an amusing comedy, drama, and romance as one can imagine. Frederic March is so marvelous as Mark Twain, if Mark Twain was alive to have seen this movie...he would have definitely had said, "It seems that the news of my death has been greatly over exaggerated".

You will find that the art of movie making, great acting, and a superb story is, The Adventures of Mark Twain.


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