The Great Lie (1941)

The Great Lie





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The Great Lie is Soap Opera Deluxe from Bette Davis' peak period at Warner Bros. Davis plays a socialite who is madly in love with playboy aviator George Brent. Brilliant but bitchy concert pianist Mary Astor (who won a well-deserved Academy Award for her chain-smoking histrionics) is also in love with Brent, going so far as to marry him in a secret ceremony. When it appears that the marriage may be invalid, Astor is too devoted to her art to take the necessary corrective steps, so Brent returns … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Polan Banks, Lenore Coffee, Lenore J. Coffee
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On DVD: Apr 1, 2008
Warner Bros. Pictures


as Maggie Van Allen

as Sandra Kovac

as Pete Van Allen

as Joshua Mason

as Aunt Ada

as Jock Thompson

as Jefferson

as Worthington James

as Col. Harrison

as Dr. Ferguson

as Bertha

as Mrs. Pine

as Mrs. Anderson

as Harry Anderson

as Maitre d'Hotel

as Sen. Greenfield

as Minister

as Mr. Talbot
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Critic Reviews for The Great Lie

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Predictable to a fault, even Bette Davis can't save this film.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
Cinema Sight

This Edmund Goulding-Bette Davis soap opera has achieved notoriety for several reasons, a presposterous plot, Mary Astor's one and only Oscar, and catfights on the set between the two ladies!

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

I'd be lying if I said I enjoyed this absurd sudser.

Full Review… | February 15, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Great Lie


Mary Astor really dominates this in an oscar winning performance but she and Bette have a good chemistry together.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A lot of people don't know that Mary Astor and Bette Davis were good friends - Bette turned down Mary Astor's part in this film because she wanted Mary to have the "lead", thinking it would boost her career. The powers-that-be agreed, and Bette took the supporting role. Bette's instincts were right - Mary Astor won the Academy Award for the role Bette handed her on a silver platter.

Good movie with great performances by Bette Davis and Mary Astor. Kinda interesting to see Ms. Davis as the "good" one. :) Oscar-winning performance by Ms. Astor.

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