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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."

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Dorothy Tree (Patsy Dowling) and Frank Darien (Doorman) are in studio records for those roles, but were not seen in the film. See more »

Quotes

Daphne Flowers: If I'd known that, I'd never 've acted in your play.
Damon Welles: Oh, eh, Daphne, my love, you've never acted in any play and never will.
Horace Barry Jones: You try to cheapen everything, both of you. Well, you can't!
[to Damon]
Horace Barry Jones: I know about you, you've had a hangover for the last ten years.
[to Daphne]
Horace Barry Jones: You, you just hang over with him! You're two cronic grouches.
[Horace exits]
Daphne Flowers: Oh, the poor sap. You didn't mean all those things you said about his play, did ya, honeykins?
Damon Welles: If I'd said what I really thought, I'd 've made him cry.
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Remade as The Dark Tower (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung by Mae Clarke
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Eddy G plays a double part!
11 March 2019 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson always gives a solid performance, but in The Man with Two Faces, he's given the wonderful opportunity to play a double part and show off the French accent he could have used if he'd been cast in The Story of Louis Pasteur. He's really fantastic, and if you aren't looking for it, you might not even recognize that it's him!

Eddy G plays a theater director who also acts alongside his sister, Mary Astor. Mary used to be married and controlled by her evil husband, but after she died, she was able to enjoy freedom and a renewed career. Unfortunately, her husband isn't as dead as everyone thought, and Louis Calhern makes an entrance right before the Broadway debut. Louis is so incredibly creepy, it's a wonder he had any career after this film. Mary is literally hypnotized by him and turns into an obeying robot whenever in his presence. It's eerie, and you'll probably feel like you need a good scrubbing after watching the movie. I had a double feature handy for later in the evening, even though Eddy G's performance was very entertaining to watch.


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