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Priam Farrel is a celebrated artist but a social recluse. When his valet dies of a sudden illness, a mix-up leads to the body being identified as Farrel's. The timid artist then assumes the identity of his former servant, but finds himself faced with constant dilemmas as a result. Written by
This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Its earliest documented television broadcast occurred Sunday 4 January 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1); after WWII, WNBT gave television viewers another look at it Tuesday 6 September 1949, and it was frequently shown thereafter. See more »
Celebrated artist Roland Young (as Priam Farrel) is very successful; but, he can't stand the limelight. Suddenly, his valet dies. As Mr. Young was reclusive, he is easily mistaken for the deceased servant. Then, Young meets lovely Lillian Gish (as Alice Challice), who had been corresponding with his valet; and, a romance blossoms. Unable to convince anyone of his true identity, Young happily marries Ms. Gish. Complications peak when the new "Mr. and Mrs. Henry Leek" are visited by the first Leek family.
Dull version of the Arnold Bennett play "The Great Adventure" (1913), which was most memorably filmed as "Holy Matrimony" (1943). "His Double Life" is livened, however, by a rare 1930s film appearance by Gish. Though the presentation of the story is not at all convincing, Gish's performance is sincere. Her "tea party" with the original Leek family is the film's highlight.
**** His Double Life (12/15/33) Arthur Hopkins ~ Roland Young, Lillian Gish, Montagu Love, Lumsden Hare
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