The Great Lie (1941)


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1h 48min


Bette Davis
Maggie Patterson Van Allen
George Brent
Peter 'Pete' Van Allen
Mary Astor
Sandra Kovak
Lucile Watson
Aunt Ada Greenfield
Grant Mitchell
Joshua Mason
Jerome Cowan
Jock Thompson
Thurston Hall
Oscar Worthington James
Sam McDaniel
Jefferson Washington
Charles Trowbridge
Senator Ted Greenfield
Russell Hicks
Colonel Harriston
Doris Lloyd
Sandra's Maid Bertha (uncredited)
George Reed
Senator Greenfield's Butler (uncredited)
Ernestine Wade
Singing Extra (uncredited)


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.

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