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The Man with Two Faces (1934)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 4 August 1934 (USA)
A talented young actress seems to be under the spell of her unscrupulous, avaricious, and totally unprincipled husband.

Director:

Archie Mayo

Writers:

Tom Reed (screen play), Niven Busch (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Damon Welles / Jules Chautard
Mary Astor ... Jessica Wells
Ricardo Cortez ... Ben Weston
Mae Clarke ... Daphne Flowers
Louis Calhern ... Stanley Vance
Arthur Byron ... Dr. Kendall
John Eldredge ... Horace Barry Jones
David Landau ... Curtis
Emily Fitzroy ... Hattie
Henry O'Neill ... Inspector Crane
Anton Stengel Anton Stengel ... Stage Manager
Arthur Aylesworth ... Morgue Keeper
Margaret Dale ... Aunt Martha Temple
Virginia Sale ... Peabody - Weston's Secretary
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Storyline

Actress Jessica Wells, sister of actor Damon Wells, is on top of her form except when her husband Vance is around. When Vance takes her to the apartment of a theatrical producer she comes home incoherent and Vance is found dead in the vanished producer's hotel suite. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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It's the most unusual picture since "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Strange Case of Mr. Chautard See more »

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| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play, titled "The Dark Tower", opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA at the Morosco Theatre, 271 W. 45th St., on 25 November 1933 and had 57 performances. Anton Stengel and Margaret Dale originated their movie roles in the play, and the cast included Porter Hall and Margaret Hamilton. See more »

Quotes

Damon Welles: So, you know what my trouble is? I can't fake.
Daphne Flowers: Well, then why are you an actor?
Damon Welles: Because all of my life I've wanted to be snake charmer.
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Connections

Remade as The Dark Tower (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Am I Blue?
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Grant Clarke
Sung a cappella by Ricardo Cortez
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a snappy murder mystery; a filmed play
21 September 2000 | by Sleepy-17See all my reviews

Great acting from Robinson, and a little over the top, but enjoyably so, from Calhern and Astor. Very stagey, but good setups and moving camera. Beware the plot synopsis in the TV Guide movie database. It seems to describe the ending of the play, but the movie (a censored version?), which played on TCM, has a more ambiguous ending which works better and is more interesting (to me, at least). (Not that I'm for censorship, but sometimes...) Ironically, the play had a happy ending, and that is the one described by TV Guide and Maltin. It's amusing to see when the established references contain reviews that were written by people who had not seen the entire film, and in some cases not at all.


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