The Adventures of Mark Twain is a 1944 biographical film starring Fredric March as Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Alexis Smith as his wife, Olivia. It was produced at Warner Brothers, and directed by Irving Rapper, with music by Max Steiner.
It was nominated for three Academy Awards at the 17th Academy Awards: Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White (John Hughes and Fred M. MacLean); Best Effects, Special Effects (Paul Detlefsen (photographic), John Crouse (photographic), and Nathan Levinson (sound); and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Max Steiner).
A group of people are watching Halley's Comet overhead when Judge Clemens is called away for the birth of his son, Samuel Clemens. The film proceeds to mix in elements of many of Clemens' best-known stories as if they actually occurred. Thus, as he grows up, Sam plays with his friends Huck, Tom, and the slave boy Jim on a raft on the Mississippi, providing a fictitious "real–life" basis for the novels Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
The teenage Sam goes to work for his brother Orion, publisher of the Hannibal Journal newspaper, at his now-widowed mother's urging, but after three