Mark Twain Tonight

Mark Twain Tonight

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Cast: Hal Holbrook

     
 

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Hal Holbrook's famous one-man show in which he plays Mark Twain comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making this Kultur…  See more details below

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Hal Holbrook's famous one-man show in which he plays Mark Twain comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making this Kultur release difficult to recommend to someone who does not already have an interest in the subject matter.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This landmark 1967 CBS production established the so-called one-man show as a legitimate entertainment and educational medium -- and no wonder. In it, Hal Holbrook, then in his early forties, portrays an aging Mark Twain with such doddering charm and such folksy wisdom that viewers could believe a miracle has somehow resurrected Mr. Twain to tell one more story or two. One story tells about the night Twain got lost in a hotel searching for a bathroom, dressed only in a nightshirt. "I looked like an envelope with no address on it." Another tells about the politician who could talk for a whole week "without getting rid of a single idea." He says there once was a comely young lady with a disposition so gentle that if you had something she wanted, you could have it. During his performance, Holbrook wears a white suit, falls asleep, loses his train of thought, teeters across the stage between a desk and a podium, smokes a cigar (a habit Twain began at age nine), and coughs up anecdotes about a woman with a glass eye who lent it to another woman and about a missionary couple eaten by cannibals who later apologized to grieving relatives, claiming the meal was an accident. Holbrook went on to a distinguished career in motion pictures and television after his one-man show, first performed on Broadway. But he never did anything better than Mark Twain Tonight. That is not to say that his later work was weak; it is to say that his performance as Mark Twain was so strong that it was impossible to top it. Because the material in the production is timeless -- and Holbrook's performance nearly perfect -- Mark Twain Tonight will remain fresh and relevant for as long as people enjoy good stories and good storytellers.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/1999
UPC:
0032031189195
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kultur Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
35,757

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hal Holbrook Mark Twain

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
25. Scene Selections
1. Program start [:45]
2. Whiskey-train-long dog [3:18]
3. Smoke rings [1:03]
4. Half a gallon [:56]
5. The water closet [3:19]
6. Reporter & congress [1:31]
7. His grandfather's old ram [20:51]
8. A hymn book [2:15]
9. The silent lie [3:22]
10. Huck & Jim [16:00]
11. Lower than the angels [3:52]
12. Lynching [3:23]
13. The creator's pet [8:11]
14. Ghost story [6:49]
15. Hannibal boyhood [1:30]
16. Piloting at sunrise [2:49]
17. Gold rush [3:21]
18. 70th escape & Satan [4:50]
19. Mary Ann [3:56]
20. End credits [:58]

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