Mark Twain Tonight

Mark Twain Tonight

Director:  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 release difficult to recommend to someone who does not already have an interest in the subject matter.

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: 34,920

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hal Holbrook Mark Twain

Technical Credits

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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Mark Twain Tonight 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hal Holbrook totally inhabits the icon of 19th Century Americana in a way no one else could. From what I read in the liner notes he inhabits the character so completely after performing this one-man show so many years, he has learned how to improvise some sections. He does his impersonation so well you forget it's an actor in a performance rather than listening to the fanciful ramblings of the actual Dr. Clemens of Hannibal, MO in the flesh. He made me laugh without really saying something of consequence. He just had silly understated mannerisms. There would be no David Letterman or Jay Leno without Mark Twain laying the groundwork. Everyone wanted to know what Mark Twain's opinion was on almost any issue of his day. Even people who tended to disagree with his point of view still valued his opinion. America's court jester reminded Victorian Era Americans not to take themselves too seriously. He was a self-made man and found a profession quite well suited to him that did not exist until he created it for himself, mostly out of his lack of proficiency at anything else. I hope there are other copies of Hal Holbrook's ad libbed performances and I could purchase other routines not recorded on this live prime-time special on CBS. The act has evolved over the years and I doubt any other thespian could match his authenticity. Dry wit, subtle, thought-provoking, hilarious, & even though there is that classic Mark Twain disdain for convention, he does so without using any blue material. He pushed envelope other ways. A national treasure to behold!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago