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The Great Lie (1941)

NR 04/12/1941 (US) Drama 1h 48m

Sometimes there's a terrible penalty for telling the truth.


Days after Sandra and Pete elope, they discover their consummated union isn't valid since, unbeknownst to them, Sandra's divorce isn't yet final. They decide to not stay together, but, by then, Sandra is pregnant. She doesn't learn that fact until after Pete marries his former fiancee Maggie. Pete, unaware of the baby, flies to South America on business. While there, a flight he is on goes missing and all onboard are presumed dead. Maggie persuades Sandra to let her adopt the baby, so she can raise it as Pete's legitimate child. Months later Pete - alive after all - returns. Sandra and Maggie contend for him and the baby.

  1. Edmund Goulding


  2. Polan Banks


  3. Lenore J. Coffee


Top Billed Cast

  1. Bette Davis

    Bette Davis

    Maggie Patterson Van Allen

  2. George Brent

    George Brent

    Peter 'Pete' Van Allen

  3. Mary Astor

    Mary Astor

    Sandra Kovak

  4. Hattie McDaniel

    Hattie McDaniel


  5. Lucile Watson

    Lucile Watson

    Aunt Ada Greenfield

  6. Grant Mitchell

    Grant Mitchell

    Joshua Mason

  7. Jerome Cowan

    Jerome Cowan

    Jock Thompson

  8. Thurston Hall

    Thurston Hall

    Oscar Worthington James

  9. Sam McDaniel

    Sam McDaniel

    Jefferson Washington

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The Great Lie
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