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Frederic March, Alexis Smith

The Adventures of Mark Twain

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The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944), starring Fredric March, Alexis Smith

Review of The Adventures of Mark Twain

I’ve often said that Hollywood takes enormous liberties with biographies.  That’s true in The Adventures of Mark Twain as well.  But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a very enjoyable movie.  It is, for a variety of reasons.  It has a good pacing, interesting cinematography, and a compelling rags-to-riches story.

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The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947) starring Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck

The Two Mrs. Carrolls

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The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947) starring Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck

buy-from-amazon In The Two Mrs. Carrolls, Humphrey Bogart stars as a struggling artist, Geoffrey Carroll. He is (seemingly) happily married — until he meets Sally (Barbara Stanwyck). Apparently mentally ill, he returns home, where he paints a picture of his wife as the angel of death.  Then he begins to poison her.

After her death, he romances and marries Sally, and all is well at first. Until he begins to fall out of love with her, and paints a portrait of her, as well … As the angel of death.   Sally, however, begins to put pieces of the puzzle together, and realizes what her husband is trying to do.   In the meanwhile, Geoffrey is being blackmailed by someone who’s found out about the first murder. And who finds out why it’s a fatal mistake to blackmail a mentally ill homicidal man.

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