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- Jarrod McDonald
This film is inspiring to anyone who's ever tried to write about where they were born and how the land and its people stay with you for life. The screenplay is structured as a collection of vignettes which pay homage to Twain's great stories and characters and chronicle the major events of his life. It seemed to me that the script was probably written with Errol Flynn in mind. The fact that Flynn's frequent sidekick Alan Hale appears, plus the fact that Warners wanted Flynn's frequent costar Olivia DeHavilland in the lead female role, would support this theory. This said, I think March is great (he gives a wonderful performance); and Alexis Smith is good, too. I think the point of this project is to recognize an influential American writer. It most appeals to those who are familiar with the author's considerable literary achievements.
Best Mark Twain Drama
- Dan Markoff
This is one of the finest historical dramas ever made. The film compresses 75 years of life into a couple hours with remarkable historical accuracy for Hollywood. It has feeling, pathos, humor, and captures the remarkable mischievous character of Mark Twain. I wish it were available on DVE.
Wonderful performance by Frederic March as the great Mark Twain. Also, the music, set designs and supporting actors all masterfully capture the spirit and story of Mark Twain. One of March's finest performances.
What would be the point of this movie?
- Bob Galvin-Oliphant
Fredric March is absolutely brilliant here as the immortal Mark Twain. March really captures the appearance, humor and humanity of Twain.