The Mary Astor Blogathon: The Man With Two Faces (1934) A Caligarian Black Comedy with Astor as a Trilby like Sylph and the tell-tale Mustache in a Gideon’s Bible

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THE MAN WITH TWO FACES (1934)

or ‘Of Mice and Mustaches’

Man With Two Facs Lobby Card

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Mary Astor plays Jessica Welles a Trilby-Like Sylph who falls under the spell of her treacherous husband played by Louis CalhernRobinson’s role the tagline would suggest, “It’s the most unusual picture since “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”  is quite misleading as his character Damon is not a split personality, induced by mad science or a fractured id run amok. He is simply impersonating a fictitious mustache, spectacles and goatee wearing Frenchman in order to lure his vicious prey into his vengeful murderous trap. Louis Calhern is an archetypal Svengali/Caligarian figure and ultimately it’s Damon’s fake mustache accidentally left in a Gideon’s Bible that gives the crime away. Archie Mayo had actually directed Svengali in 1931.

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Astor and Calhern Archetypal Trilby and Svengali characters
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Barrymore and Marian Marsh in Svengali

The Man With Two Faces is a mystery thriller with comical overtones. Invoking Jekyll & Hyde is far off the mark as Edward G. Robinson only dons a disguise to rid his bewitched sister of her treacherous, conniving, abusive and murderous husband. The character of Damon is more like Zorro or The Lone Ranger exacting out a theatrical brand of vigilante justice. As an actor the milieu is perfect for him to wear a ‘mask’ posing as a producer to lure his tortured sister’s husband Vance (Yiddish for bedbug, pronounced ‘vants’ but it applies as Stanley Vance is quite the vermin) into his trap so he can kill him…

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Mary Astor as the bewitched Jessica Welles in The Man with Two Faces
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photo of Mary Astor courtesy of Doctor Macro

Mary Astor has a classy, understated beauty. She’s sophisticated and smart, refined and polished and worldly-wise. Often poised and self-possessed with a simmering kind of sexiness. Yet here in The Man With Two Faces, her light is just a bit diminished by the role of Jessica Welles who is forced to shape-shift from lovely star of the stage into a doll imprisoned in a fugue state.

I was thrilled when Dorian from Tales of the Easily Distracted and Ruth of Silver Screenings let me participate in The Mary Astor Blogathon. I wanted to pick a film that I hadn’t seen in order to enhance the fun of bringing some of her films to the attention of readers and really be inclusive while paying tribute to this great woman. I adore Mary Astor. And as much as I like The Maltese Falcon 1941, and simply adore Bogie, it wasn’t that iconic bit of Film Noir flight of fancy that brought Miss Astor to my attention. I hadn’t truly started to notice her work until I did an extensive feature on Robert Aldrich’s Grande Dame Guignol masterpiece Hush… Hush Sweet Charlotte 1964 It was then that I became taken in with Mary Astor’s performance as the bitter and time worn Jewel Mayhew. Then of course being a huge fan of Boris Karloff’s Television series Thriller, I am one of the few people who actually think Rose’s Last Summer was one of the finest episodes of that series. Mary Astor bringing her classy swank and snark to the role of Rose French. I became a devout fan of hers from that time on, and have started trying to devour as much Mary Astor as I can…

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It’s funny how most people might connect her with her role as Brigid O’ Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon 1941, but I think of her other contributions like Sandra Kovac in The Great Lie 1941 Mme. DeLaage  The Hurricane 1937 Antoinette de Mauban The Prisoner of Zenda 1937  and of course in Dodsworth 1936 as Mrs. Edith Cortright.

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Mary Astor and Walter Huston in Dodsworth 1936

The Man With Two Faces is a Warner Bros. black comedy not so much of a mystery, with tinges of the 19th Century melodramatic tradition written for the stage by George S. Kaufman and Alexander Woollcott with a screenplay by Tom Reed and Niven Busch. The original play opened in New York City in 1933 and had 57 performances. Margaret Dale who plays Aunt Martha originated her movie role on the stage. The original cast included Porter Hall and Margaret Hamilton (The Wicked Witch of the West from Oz)

Produced by Hal Wallis, Jack L Warner and Robert Lord and Directed by Archie Mayo (Svengali 1931, Bordertown 1935, The Petrified Forest (1936) Moontide 1942 Angel on My Shoulder 1946) and with the production and art design by John Houghs (Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948, The Thing From Another World 1951)

Mary Astor as well as Mae Clarke (Frankenstein 1931, Waterloo Bridge 1931 and Public Enemy’s memorable grapefruit in the face girl) seem to be wasted in both these roles where the women are subverted ridiculed, demeaned and inconsequential. I wish Astor had more presence in the film… even the housekeeper Nettie has more spark to her character as does Aunt Martha. Astor just isn’t given enough layers to work with because she is in a trance most of the time, her character Jessica’s lack of affect doesn’t suit her usual spirited performances, here there are only little bursts of the dimension she is capable of.

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David Landau and Emily Fitzroy

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I went to Syosset High School which was the town right next to Locust Valley… just a little sentimental factoid about your little MonsterGirl

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Jessica-“doctor dear why are you such a bother”
Dr. Kendall– “the bother was getting you well enough to act at all… if you think it’s been a picnic”
Jessica-“Alright I’ll rest but do you mind if I get a little excited, it’s the first time in three years… doctor why did all those people remember me?”
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Dr. Kendall-” Why shouldn’t they, you weren’t entirely unknown you know.”
Jessica-“I know but comebacks you know, you know what they are. Critics staying home out of kindness. And the Times saying you were ‘adequate’

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Damon throws books at Barry as he enters the dressing room
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Daphne-“Give the gentleman a cigar”
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Barry-Why, he missed me
Damon “Ah, just my luck I always get buck fever when I see an author
Barry-“Damon, I don’t know what you’re sore about your sister has a whole basket full of telegrams and everybody thinks it’s a grand play
Damon– “Yeah, grand for a high school strawberry lawn festival, somebody oughta stuff that second act and put it in a museum…”

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Barry– “You, you’ve had a hangover for the last ten years. You, you just hangover with him.”

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Daphne– “f I had known that, I’d never have acted in your play”
Damon– “Oh Daphne my love… you never acted in any play, never will.”

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Aunt Martha– “Well you’ve never said a truer word in your life Mr.Weston the work was just the medicine that Jessica needed”
Ben Weston– “Well I always knew she would act again.”
Aunt Martha “Well I didn’t. I was in front the night she collapsed. They dismissed the audience, you’d a thought she’d been drugged.”
Ben Weston– “A lot of people said it was drugs.”
Aunt Martha– “There were all sorts of stories around but the truth was that husband of hers… Stanley Vance.”
Ben Weston– “From what I’ve heard, he must have been the lowest form of animal life.”
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Aunt Martha– “You put it mildly”
Ben Weston– “What I can’t understand is, how a girl of Jessica’s type would… I mean to say, a girl with her brains and talent”
Aunt Martha -“Brains and talent don’t mean much to the Devil Mr. Weston.”
Ben Weston– “I don’t follow you”
Aunt Martha-“Did you ever see a snake with a bird Mr Weston? That’s Jessica and Stanley Vance. Horrible… of course you know the night she collapsed was the night he left. But this is something you may not know. The day she learned that he’d been shot dead in San Francisco was the day her mind began to heal….”

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Damon coaches Jessica on the finer points of her acting…

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“Hattie I’m famished”

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Mary Astor who plays actress Jessica Welles, is a delicate Trilby-like sylph who is married to a cold-blooded cad Stanley Vance (Louis Calhern The Asphalt Jungle 1950) Vance is a conniving, controlling Svengali/Caligari-esque cutthroat who not only bilks old ladies out of their fortunes but actually murdered his first wife. He seems to possess the art of hypnosis and uses it to manipulate Jessica into a state of virtual somnambulist enslavement. With the mere tilt of his head and leering eyes that penetrate she goes deeper under his control. In his presence she is a wilting flower, powerless, catatonic and as submissive as Trilby, a piece of clay to be molded in any form Vance desires.

Jessica is a talented actress who has returned to the stage after a three year hiatus due to a mental breakdown stemming from the abuse of her venomous husband, she had started to recover during his absence believing that her long lost straying, evil and cruelly criminal minded husband was dead. Astor as Jessica starts out ebullient on the opening night of her play, The Dark Tower. She is  in love with her manager/producer Ricardo Cortez, (Thirteen Women 1931, The Walking Dead 1936) who plays Ben Weston. The young couple glow with affectionate feelings for each other. As the family gathers at Aunt Martha’s house, (Margaret Dale in her last performance who was also in the stage play The Dark Tower) The vain and shady conman Vance walks into the house after a stint in San Quentin bringing with him a heaviness and transforming Jessica back into a listless doll with no more glimmer to her cheeks, the entire household, even Hattie the housekeeper is stunned, as they all are look shocked at the sight as the resurrected smarmy ghost in a fedora comes in out of the foggy night…

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Vance calls Aunt Martha’s house
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Aunt Martha is stunned at the sound of his voice, he was believed to be shot and killed in San Francisco

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Aunt Martha can’t enjoy the celebration because Vance has come back from the dead… 

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The sinister Vance arrives cloaked in fog

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Vance-“My name is Stanley Vance, Prince Consort of this lovely and somewhat startled lady…”

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“Take the cover off Hattie, take it!!! My traveling companions are tired… Do as I say. Thank you Hatti-kins. “

The larcenous and flamboyant Vance begins his mesmerizing spell over Jessica turning her into a mindless puppet. He knows that she holds half the rights to the play, and he wants the money as it has the potential to be a huge hit. Jessica’s brother Damon Welles is star of the stage played by the wonderful Edward G. Robinson. Damon is an acerbic and urbane brute who verbally bullies his girl friend who’s got gumption, Daphne Flowers played by the adorable Mae Clarke. Damon treats her like dirt, drinks too much and throws out bitter and witty asides yet till exudes a mysterious kind of gentle nature toward his sister. He’s invested in helping her acting career get back on track, and so Damon helps out as coach to Jessica plus his presence in the play brings a bit of theatrical prestige to his sister’s comeback.

The verminous Vance oozes a vile toxicity where ever he goes, the scene where he literally punches Jessica in the face for not repeating his commands properly is down right brutal. When this vicious devil actually hits her in the face the scene truly pushes the envelope for me, considering it’s not a Pre-Code film. According to the suggested guidelines by the Production Codes Dont’s and Be Carefuls the film breaks the rule of number 6. Brutality and possible Gruesomeness. I was quite startled by the brutality of the moment, and his flagrant abusive as he continuously points his fingers and waves directives at Jessica (as well as all the women), handing them things to hold like his hat!

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Vance always handing his hat to women… a consistent way to demean them. Poor Weston’s secretary doesn’t know what to do with it…

Or his traveling companions, his cage of little white mice. He is an eccentric dandy who is dazzled by his stylish silken ties and carries around the cage of mice feeding them cheese, demanding that the cage be cleaned, giving him an almost flamboyantly cartoonish sort of dastardly persona, relishing the discomfort he causes.

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Jessica– “They told me you were dead”
Vance– “Oh the rascals what, maybe the wish was fodder for thought eh.” (he uses his eyes to motion her to take his hat.)

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Stanley Vance-“Well I envy you as spectators the drama of this return!”

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Aunt Martha orders him to leave her house, but he ignores her and proceeds to boss Hattie the housekeeper around as well. Everyone realizes that his presence is detrimental to Jessica’s physical and mental well being as she has already slipped back into a state of dissociative fog.

So, brother Damon concocts an elaborate bit of subterfuge by masquerading as a French Theatre Producer named Jules Chautard. He offers to purchase the play from the scheming Vance. Damon dons a goatee, mustache and glasses telling Vance that he will buy out Jessica’s half-interest in the play. He lures Vance to his hotel room in order to poison his drink, then stabs him to death off screen in the closet. He then wipes down the room, exits the hotel, thinking that he’s left no trace of Jules Chautard in sight. Leaving little red herring clues for the police to throw them off his trail. Unfortunately he’s overlooked a small detail, a piece of his theatrical whiskers in the leaves of a Gideon’s Bible.

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Jessica already slipping back into her captive trance while Vance feeds his mice  cheese..
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Martha tells Vance to leave her house, he ignores her of course
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Vance always pointing at Jessica, ordering her around, giving directives.

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“If there’s a remedy for her it’s not in my satchel. The doctors who understood these cases are all dead, the died in the middle ages”Arthur Byron as Dr. Kendall “They would have said she was possessed.”

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Hattie answers the phone it is Damon impersonating French Producer Jules Chautard 

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Hattie-“I’m a housekeeper, not a mousekeeper!”

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“let me warn you if you hurt those mice I shall have the extreme pleasure of knocking you down and kicking your brains out”

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Daphne– “And goodbye to you, you big Petunia!”
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Damon (touching the silk ties) “Oh, very lush”
Vance– “Oh yes, they’re made especially for me by Martins”
Damon– “Yes, and paid for by Jessica”

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Vance– “Now what about this play when is it going to open?”
Damon– “Well that’s up to you”
Vance– “Up to me?”
Damon-“Yes, shall I may myself clear… normally, my sister I think is one of the most promising young actresses in America. But with you around she turns into a colorless Autonatom, that I wouldn’t trust with a job of carrying a tray across the stage.”
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Vance- “Now there, there’s a misfortune for you, I marry the most promising actress in America and the little woman goes to pot on me.”

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Vance pointing at Jessica once again. His cue that motivates her to move involuntarily to his every command… a psychic slave

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Jessica has an almost psychic sympathetic connection to Vance because of his mind control. She feels the moment he has been stabbed… eerie.

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Finding the piece of mustache in the bible, Curtis ponders if the room belonged to an actor?

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Jessica asking the Lieutenant is she is clear of the stain of murder on her hands! He assures her that she is free.

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With Vance truly dead and gone, Jessica and finally free and light- hearted again.

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Damon– “Now I said with refinement, can’t you understand. It’s a drawing room scene and you’re supposed to be a lady’s maid”
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Daphne to Curtis “Get him to explain refinement to you, it’s just too divine!”

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David Landau plays the sharp Sergeant William Curtis who figures out the crime when he discovers Damon’s fake mustache inside the Gideon’s Bible and deduces that the murderer is most likely an actor. Sergeant Curtis is sympathetic toward Damon, saying that he’d like to give him a medal for killing the rat, and hopefully the District Attonry will take mercy on him and the jury will be impressed with his acting skills, since he essentially did society a favor by taking this murderous villain out of the picture.

At the conclusion, Jessica is all smiles and kisses again with Ben in her dressing room. The film ends with the camera showing us Jessica from a distance emoting on stage to a thrilled audience. She’s been set free from Vance’s control but we never truly get close enough to her to say goodbye, she is still an unapproachable sylph. The film closes as it opens, with Daphne and Damon in the wings waiting for his cue to enter the stage. Sergeant Curtis has allowed Damon to finish the night’s performance and hopeful he will receive some leniency. The film is a bit of a sarcastically dark little romp, with some great dialogue thrown in, and the presence of wonderful actors even if the plot is a little contrived.

But as a fan of Mary Astor and Robinson alike it’s not one of my favorite performances for either of them…

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Ladies Love Brutes 1930 Astor and George Bancroft: photo courtesy of Doctor Macro
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Upperworld 1934 Astor and Warren William: photo courtesy of Doctor Macro
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The Maltese Falcon 1941 Astor, Lorre and Greenstreet

Emily Fitzroy adds a bit of comic relief as Martha’s housekeeper Hattie. Mae Clark (Frankenstein 1931) also lightens up the air a lot with her witty comebacks even after Damon chides her at every turn, treating her like a pack mule with no talent. Adapted from the stage play The Dark Tower, the film itself flows like a stage play. Robinson although a verbally abusive alcoholic and a bit of a dismissive snob, as Aunt Martha comments,

Aunt Martha-“It’s just like him turning his back on anything that’s not to his taste.”

Damon is the savior of the story, while Ben (Cortez) who is madly in love with Jessica isn’t very effective at helping the object of his affections., it takes Damon’s brotherly protectiveness, wile and theatrical talents to pull off the subterfuge in getting Vance to fall for his trap, ridding Jessica of his demonic possession of her for good and cleansing the world of his vile presence. No one mourns the loss of Vance at all, not even the police.

Stage actor/brother Damon and the bearded French Producer is the man with two faces, thus the film loses the play’s original title of The Dark Tower giving us more of a peek into the plot design. Originally the play had a surprise ending, here the film lets us in on the dual role from the beginning but delivers an ending that leaves us with ambiguity, wondering if the jury will show mercy on Damon. Mary Astor’s Jessica Welles drifts back onto the stage,having been freed by her brother’s crime of murder, and we are left feeling that her life will move on in a bright direction with Ben… perhaps a happy ending that brings some finality to a bit of a horror story all neatly conforming to the Production Code Era guidelines that dictate the murderer be punished, however the plot device twinkles out at the end.

I thought there were some Pre-Code elements that were rather present in the film in terms of Vance’s abuse, in particular that scene where he’s coaching her what to say to her manager boyfriend Ben and then striking her hard in the face. The allusion to Damon going back into the closet with the knife to dispose of Vance’s body is quite effectively gruesome, and the sense of Jessica’s helplessness creates a disarmed sexuality in her that is a bit racy for 1934 when the guidelines were starting to be inforced. Also, it didn’t slip my attention that brother and sister kissed each other on the lips at the police station. Queer ain’t it. But that’s a whole other cage of mice…!

So if you haven’t seen The Man With Two Faces, try and get your hands on it and let me know what you think. It’s still a hoot watching Mary slink around in those gorgeous gowns. I’ve tried to find out who designed the clothes for the film, but couldn’t track down any info. If any of you know, please drop me a line…

The Girl With Only One Face… that of Joey (MonsterGirl)

29 thoughts on “The Mary Astor Blogathon: The Man With Two Faces (1934) A Caligarian Black Comedy with Astor as a Trilby like Sylph and the tell-tale Mustache in a Gideon’s Bible

  1. Excellent post! I’ve heard of this film but didn’t know anything about it. It’s too bad, as you said, that Mary Astor spends much of the film in a trance and not able to make the most of her talent. But it still sounds like a fascinating movie.

    Thanks for participating in the blogathon. It would not have been complete without a review of this movie.

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    1. Thanks so much Ruth! glad you liked it, and I am so grateful that you and Dorian let me chime in about Ms Astor. I can’t wait to read your review of The Great Lie-
      Cheers

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    1. It is an odd little film indeed, but the presence of these fine actors held my interest. thanks for the kind words. I can’t wait to ready your double feature on the 8th!-Cheers and thanks for stopping by Caftan Woman

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  2. This sounds very interesting and different – after seeing Barrymore in ‘Svengali’ I’d certainly be interested to see this film with some similarities. I will look out for it, and in the meantime enjoyed your review and selection of stills!

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    1. Okay once again, I really love your blog too!! I appreciate how Mary Astor is bringing together everyone, and giving me the opportunity to find other wonderful blogs. The film is interesting and while not as atmospheric as Barrymore and Marsh in Svengali, the correlation is present. And both were directed by Mayo. Thanks for your lovely comment, and am so glad you enjoyed my post!!-Cheers I’ll have to read your review of And So They Were Married. I haven’t seen that Astor film yet!

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  3. I enjoyed your excellent post, Jo — the movie sounds kinda odd, but I’d like to check it out just to see something different. Also, I can watch Mae Clarke do just about anything! BTW, I was just watching Louis Calhern in another film from the pre-Code era — They Call It Sin — and he was a creep in that one, too!

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    1. Thanks so much!!! I’ll say this again, because of all the wonderful bloggers stopping by to celebrate the Mary Astor Blogathon and leave nice comments here. I love your blog!!! ‘Cold’ is a good way to put the film. Like Vance has put us all in a trance. But like you, I loved watching Mae Clarke, and of course I adore Mary Astor and could watch her grocery shop for an hour.

      I’d love to see They Call it Sin. Calhern is great as a creep, he knows how to exude a certain creepitude with that leer he’s got down pat. I’m going to watch Behind Office Doors now too, even if Mary plays a frustratingly weak character at times, your review makes me want to see the full extent of her range. And like you said, she’s still great!!! That’s how I felt about The Man With Two Faces.

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  4. Thanks for the great post and all the pictures to go with it! I am an Astor and Robinson fan as well. I think I will have to check it out even if it is so-so. Excellent choice for the blogathon!

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    1. First of all, I love your blog by the way!!! Thanks for the lovely comment. If you’re a fan of Astor and Robinson you’ll want to see the film, and maybe it won’t leave you with the so-so impression that it left me with. I adore both of them, as well as Mae Clark and it’s definitely got it’s moments. I can’t wait to read your review of Oh, Doctor! and The Beggar Maid….Cheers Joey

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  5. Wonderfully enertaining and informative — an excellent combination! I’m so glad I finally had a chance to discover your awesomw site! Hopefully, you’ll like my review of Rose’s Last Summer — it is one of Astor’s best roles in my opinion.

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    1. Thanks so much for your nice comment!!!! I’m so happy that you liked my post and that you’ve stumbled onto my little blog. I can’t wait to read your review of Rose’s Last Summer. I agree with you about Mary Astor’s performance in that tautly wound little episode. So great to make your acquaintance… I love your site as well and will be following your wonderful posts!-Cheers Joey

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  6. Joey, THE MAN WITH TWO FACES is a terrific choice for our Mary Astor Blogathon! I was itching to see evil Louis Calhern get knocked off so we could see our hapless mesmerized Mary rescued by clever Edward G. Robinson in his “dual role”! I agree that “kissing cousins” (so to speak) briefly threw me for a loop, but then, I’ve seen similar situations in movies; seeing Robert Francis kiss his mom on the lips in THE CAINE MUTINY comes to mind, though I agree it’s still kinda skeevy to me – but I digress! Wonderful job Jo, as always! Thanks for being a great friend AND a great Blogathoner! :-D

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    1. Dori my pal, so glad that you are pleased with my pick. I didn’t know what to expect with THE MAN WITH TWO FACES, but I knew that regardless, watching Mary do anything would be a treat, even if she was ‘mesmerized and hapless’ teehee… love that. I tried to stay away from the whole other level of oddness with the brother/sister relationship, and keep it on a level of theatrical campy fun. Wow, I’ll have to keep that Robert Francis kiss in mind when I watch THE CAINE MUTINY. You always brings me little nuggets to chew on. This has been a blast for all of us. We’re having so much joy celebrating this classy lady’s work. Thanks to you and Ruth for getting us all together. Cheers Your Pal Joey

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  7. Wonderful post! I feel as though I’ve seen the movie – but now I have to really see it! It sounds like great fun. With Edward G & Mary, how could it not be?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by FlickChick and for the kind comment. I agree, how could anything not be worth watching when it has Edward and Mary in it. I can’t wait to read your upcoming review of Holiday-Cheers Joey

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  8. Only the headline is enough to call my attention, and having Edward G. Robinson just adds points for me! You’ve done a wonderful post about a film I didn’t know, but now is in my to-watch list.
    Don’t forget to read my contribution to the blogathon! :)
    Greetings!

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    1. Le- so glad you stopped by The Last Drive In. I read your post and loved it. Thanks for letting me know about another great Mary Astor film that I have to see now. It sounds intriguing and full of interesting layers. And thank you for the wonderful comments. Cheers Joey

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    1. Kim, you should definitely check this one out, although Astor doesn’t get to flex her wit at all in this film. Mae Clarke is the comedic force as is Hattie the maid. But Astor is captivating to watch as always…

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  9. Jaysus! Wonderful post! I’ve never seen TWO FACES but now feel like I have. Seriously gotta add this to my ever-growing MUST list. Good black comedies are rare. And a superb cast. Loved reading this.

    Aurora

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    1. Geez thanks Aurora!!- It’s definitely a hoot, although as you’ll find out, the actors are far better than the script. It’s got something that’ll get you thinking and has put some Pre-Code fare in there that’ll catch your eye., and make you grin at times. Astor is just glowing in it, although she’s more phantom like than witty, femme fatal or a strong female force. She deserved more meat on the bones of the role, I say. Let me know what you think once you’ve seen it… Cheers Joey

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  10. Monster Girl,
    This movie was so darn weird and I mean that in a good way! : )
    The screen grabs your chose were a riot and it has inspired me to add TMWTF to my list of films to do a snarky photo review of. The maid, the guests, Robinson, all give such hilarious looks and there is the creep factor going on.

    This type of film is great for snarking with it’s weak script, big name stars thrown into it to give it some relevance and then the spooky large homes and backgrounds. It has everything! ha ha

    You’ve done a great review of it, and highlighted why the film is a must see for any Astor fan or a fan of this genre. You can’t take it seriously of course going in.

    A fun contribution to the Blogathon.
    See ya soon!
    Page

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    1. Hi Page!!!!
      Thanks so much for stopping by here. Yes, it’s a truly odd film in a strange way. The weak script doesn’t seem to pull it off course, although I truly wish Astor had more of a presence. She’s so darn graceful and strong at the same time, but in this particular role she has to fade away too much. I can’t wait to see you snark off at TWO FACES. You’ll have to let me know, I just know Mae will be a big part of it, and perhaps Hattie the maid with the mice, teehee, I’ll link to it here once you’ve posted it. Thanks for your kind words. I loved loved loved the bio you did for Ms Astor. So compelling, truly wonderful…I wanted more!!!! See ya soon kiddoe… Joey

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      1. Thanks, Joey!
        You’re in luck as I’ll be spending the weekend trying to get Part Two and possibly Part Three up. Mary had quite an interesting and troubled life so I hope to highlight as much as I can.

        I really do enjoy the snarky photo reviews on films like this. It’s fun to point out the characters that get overlooked with star power.
        Have a great weekend!
        Page

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  11. I can see why this role was disappointing for you. It would have been great to let the character expand into something special. I also love her in “Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte” and think it is a great role for her. Thanks for a good read and all the wonderful pictures.

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    1. Hi There Paul!!! It was her role as Jewel Mayhew that really drew me in. So glad you liked my contribution to the blogathon! I loved your review of Across the Pacific as well, can’t wait to see it! Thanks so much for stopping by-Cheers Joey

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