The Adventures of Mark Twain

The Adventures of Mark Twain

Fredric March
Director: Irving Rapper Cast: Fredric March
Fredric March
, Alexis Smith
Alexis Smith
, Donald Crisp
Donald Crisp
Irving Rapper

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Dismissed by critics as corny and obvious in 1944, this overlong but sincere biopic looks pretty good when seen today, cliches notwithstanding. Fredric March, 47 at the time, convincingly plays American author Sam Clemens, aka Mark Twain, from his early 20s to his death at 75. In typical movie-biography fashion, every single incident that happens in Twain's life is an INSPIRATION: he hears the depth-indication call "Mark Twain" while working on a riverboat and his face lights up; he engages in a jumping-frog contest against Bret Harte (John Carradine) and comes up with his first popular published story; and so on. Alexis Smith is better than usual in the role of Twain's wife Olivia Langdon, even keeping a straight face while Twain courts her in Fluent Quotation ("Everybody talks about the weather but nobody ever does anything about it," he says during a Hollywood-romance cloudburst). Though the script barely touches upon the dark side of Twain's nature, we are not spared his financial reverses (brought about by bad investments and his struggle to publish Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs. The closing sequence, with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn beckoning the spirit of Mark Twain to heaven as Halley's Comet fills the skies, may seem laughable on paper, but works quite well on film; even director Irving Rapper expressed amazement at the effectiveness of this scene!

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2015
UPC: 0888574125745
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 35,303

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fredric March Mark Twain
Alexis Smith Olivia Langdon
Donald Crisp J.B. Pond
Alan Hale Steve Gillis
C. Aubrey Smith Oxford Chancellor
John Carradine Bret Harte
William Henry Charles Langdon
Robert H. Barrat Horace E. Bixby
Walter Hampden Jervis Langdon
Joyce Reynolds Clara Clemens
Whitford Kane Joe Goodwin
Percy Kilbride Billings
Nana Bryant Mrs. Langdon
Dick Jones Sam Clemens at fifteen
Kay Johnson Jane Clemens
Jackie Brown Sam Clemens at twelve
Michael Miller Tom Sawyer
Joseph Crehan Promoter,Ulysses S. Grant
Cliff Saum Prospector
Harry Tyler Assistant Editor
Roland Drew Editor
Douglas Wood William Dean Howells
Willie Best George
Burr Caruth Oliver Wendell Holmes
Brandon Hurst Ralph Waldo Emerson
Davison Clark Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Monte Blue Captain
Paul Newlan Boss Deckhand
Ernest Whitman Stoker
Emmett E. Smith Repeater
Pat O'Malley Captain's Mate
Chester Conklin Judge
George Lessey Henry H. Rogers
Dorothy Vaughan Kate Leary
Lynne Baggett Susie
Carol Coombs Clara as a Child
Joyce Tucker Jean
Paul Scardon Rudyard Kipling
Harry Hilliard John Greenleaf Whittier
Diana Barrymore Actor
Thurston Hall Actor
Bobby Larson Actor
Frank Mayo Actor
Lee Powell Actor
Frank Reicher Actor
Robert E. Homans Actor

Technical Credits
Irving Rapper Director
Lawrence W. Butler Cinematographer,Special Effects
Harry Chandlee Screenwriter
Ralph Dawson Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
John Hughes Production Designer
Jesse Lasky Producer
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
James Leicester Cinematographer
Alan LeMay Screenwriter
Edwin Linden Special Effects
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Don Siegel Cinematographer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Adventures of Mark Twain
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25
26. Chapter 26
27. Chapter 27
28. Chapter 28
29. Chapter 29
30. Chapter 30
31. Chapter 31
32. Chapter 32
33. Chapter 33
34. Chapter 34
35. Chapter 35
36. Chapter 36
37. Chapter 37

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