The Man with Two Faces (1934)

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A talented young actress seems to be under the spell of her unscrupulous, avaricious, and totally unprincipled husband.

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  • Edward G. Robinson and Mae Clarke in The Man with Two Faces (1934)
  • Mary Astor and Louis Calhern in The Man with Two Faces (1934)
  • Edward G. Robinson and Mae Clarke in The Man with Two Faces (1934)
  • Edward G. Robinson and Mary Astor in The Man with Two Faces (1934)
  • The Man with Two Faces (1934)
  • Mary Astor in The Man with Two Faces (1934)

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2 April 2017 | MartinHafer
| "Whoever would rid the Earth of Stanley Vance would be doing a public service"
A play is about to have it's opening night when something awful happens....Stanley Vance (Louis Calhern) arrives. It seems that everyone thought he was dead...and hoped this was the case. But this malicious jerk is somehow alive and he's arrived for one destroy his wife's play until he is paid off to just go away again! It seems that Jessica (Mary Astor) is like a zombie around the Svengali-like if he is exerting some sort of mind control over her...and she seems helpless to stop him from ruining everything. Everyone hates Stanley...everybody. So you assume sooner or later Stanley is going to suffer some 'accident' which will permanently remove this vicious jerk from the picture. But who and how...that is what you'll have to find out when you watch the picture.

I really enjoyed watching Louis Calhern. He was delightfully awful...sort of like watching a cat toying with a mouse before ultimately snuffing it. He must have had a great time doing this...and he was excellent. I also loved that this is the sort of film where the audience is pulling for the murder to happen AND for the killer to get away with it...something which helped make "The Suspect" one of the best movies of its day. Overall, a very entertaining film...well acted, well written and very enjoyable.

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