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Man with Two Faces
     

The Man with Two Faces

Director: Archie Mayo

Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, Ricardo Cortez

 
The Man with Two Faces is based on The Dark Tower, a stage comedy-mystery by Alexander Woollcott and George S. Kaufman. Edward G. Robinson is at his hammy best as flamboyant, temperamental, but withal endearing theatrical actor-manager Dawson Wells. Mary Astor co-stars as Damon's beloved actress sister Jessica, making a stage comeback after a

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The Man with Two Faces is based on The Dark Tower, a stage comedy-mystery by Alexander Woollcott and George S. Kaufman. Edward G. Robinson is at his hammy best as flamboyant, temperamental, but withal endearing theatrical actor-manager Dawson Wells. Mary Astor co-stars as Damon's beloved actress sister Jessica, making a stage comeback after a disastrously unhappy marriage. Alas, Jessica's caddish husband Stanley Vance (Louis Calhern) soon returns, exerting a Svengali-like hold on the poor girl and setting her back on the road to ruin. Unable to buy off Vance, Wells plots a clever revenge, and shortly afterward, Vance is visited by one Monsieur Chautard, an effusive European producer with murder on his mind. The central "gimmick" in Man With Two Faces, which was adroitly concealed in the original Dark Tower, is a bit more obvious on screen due to the dynamic personalities involved. Also, the play's ending, in which Vance's murderer is allowed to escape scot-free by a sympathetic detective, was obviously altered at the very last minute to appease the new Production Code.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2009
UPC:
0883316222270
Original Release:
1934
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:12:00
Sales rank:
17,201

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson Damon Wells
Mary Astor Jessica Wells
Ricardo Cortez Ben Weston
Louis Calhern Stanley Vance
Mae Clarke Daphne Martin
Margaret Dale Martha Temple
David Landau Detective William Curtis
Arthur Aylesworth Morgue Keeper
Wade Boteler Detective
A.S. Byron Dr. Kendall
Ray Cooke Bell Boy
Douglas Cosgrove Lieutenant
Joseph Crehan Editor
Frank Darien Doorman
John Eldredge Barry Jones
Emily Fitzroy Hattie
Maude Turner Gordon Mrs. Jones
Howard Hickman Mr. Jones
Milt Kibbee Rewrite Man
Jack McHugh Newsboy
Bert Moorhouse Driver
Henry O'Neill Inspector Crane
Mary Russell Debutante
Virginia Sale Peabody
Dorothy Tree Patsy Dowling
Guy Usher Weeks
Dick Winslow Call Boy
Wilfred North Matron

Technical Credits
Archie Mayo Director
Niven Busch Screenwriter
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
William Holmes Editor
John Hughes Art Director
Robert Lord Producer
Tom Reed Screenwriter

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