He was a riverboat pilot, reporter, penniless prospector, Civil War dropout, would-be entrepreneur, loving family man, world traveler, pomposity burster and raconteur. It turns out the man who created adventures for Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and a Connecticut Yankee led a mighty adventurous life himself.
Truth is a very valuable thing," says Fredric March's Mark Twain. "I believe we should be economical with it." And that sets the tone for what follows: a lovingly crafted Hollywoodized biopic tracing the immortal humorist's life from Hannibal boyhood to Big River exploits to global literary lion and more. Riverboat's a-comin', hop aboard - with Tom, Huck, Jim and above all, Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
A story about the life and times of America's beloved writer and humorist. March reaches the man behind the caricature to portray the roots of Sam Clemens's storytelling art in his wanderings around still-growing America. Academy Award Nominations: 3, Best (Black-and-White) Interior Decoration, Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, Best Special Effects.
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