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Mark Twain Tonight
Mark Twain Tonight
Actor: Hal Holbrook
Director: Paul Bogart
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     1999     1hr 30min

A special one-man show that captures the flamboyant humor and irreverence of Mark Twain by using the words of Twain, his stinging commentary on politics, the art of lying, religion, patriotism, etc. — Genre: Performing Arts...  more »


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Actor: Hal Holbrook
Director: Paul Bogart
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/30/1999
Original Release Date: 03/06/1967
Theatrical Release Date: 03/06/1967
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Hal Holbrook-Mark Twain Tonight
Mark Marcus | Los Angeles, CA USA | 05/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Having seen Hal Holbrook perform live in Mark Twain Tonight, I was delighted to aquire the DVD of his 1967 television broadcast performance. I have long believed, and this DVD confirms that Mark Twain Tonight is easily one of the greatest treasures of the American stage in the last half of the 20th Century. That Mr. Holbrook has performed Mark Twain every year since 1954, in over 2000 shows, is nothing short of miraculous. This 90 minute performance brings the wisdom, humor and humanity of one of the most morally insightful men of the 19th century to life. His words continue to be as hilarious, poignant and relevent in the 21st century as they were in his own time."
Thirty Years in the Making
Fred Halwe | San Antonio, Texas | 11/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In 1967, I was a twenty-ish high school English teacher who sat down one evening, out of a sense of professional obligation, to watch a TV production of some guy named Hal Holbrook doing a one-man show called MARK TWAIN TONIGHT. It blew me away (though we didn't talk like that in 1967). Ever since, I've had a blank videotape sitting atop my TV, waiting to pirate a copy of the certain re-broadcast, whenever the industry moguls ran out of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND reruns. Of course, it never happened! Instead, I paid cash money for the 33-rpm record, and scratched my way to this or that band for partly appreciative teen English students. As always, the trick to life is to keep living. Today I blew the dust off my 30 year-old videotape and set it aside. My review is thirty years in the making. All you young English teachers, take note: on a scale of one-to-five stars, this performance of Mr. Holbrook is a six. Maybe seven!"
Mark Twain Tonight!
M. Silbernagel | Santee, CA USA | 01/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was introduced to Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain Tonight in a high school English class in 1962 and have been fascinated with Holbrook and his Twain presentation ever since. As the story goes, Holbrook took up cigar smoking to get the timber in his voice, spends three hours in make-up preparing, and has even listened to Edison recording tubes of Twain to get the voice and inflection just right. Sit back and enjoy tales from a hundred years ago that are just as germaine today. You'll soon be convinced that the man in front of you is actually Mark Twain!"
Holbrook's Mark Twain
Fred Halwe | 12/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If there has ever been a polished performance, this is it! I've been fortunate to see Holbrook do this show live on three occasions. He really catches the essence of Twain's marvellous story- telling, which sets the tone for later artists such as Gene Shepard and Garrison Keillor. Hal Holbrook changed his show at every performance, and this video features him at the peak of his craft. From ghost stories to humorous anecdotes to shaggy dog yarns and tall tales, this video has them all. You'll want to watch it many times."