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A criminal has plastic surgery done to change his identity. However, during the operation, he loses his memory; when he comes to after the surgery, he has a change of heart and decides to help people by becoming a doctor. Written by
Enjoyed this small film, "The Man Who Lived Twice" from 1936 starring Ralph Bellamy, Ward Bond, and Isabel Jewell. Bellamy plays a criminal, Slick Rawley, whom the police are after. He disappears and at one point, ducks into a class given by an esteemed doctor (Thurston Hall) who talks about changing an animal's violent personality through surgery. However, he has never done this surgery on a human being.
Slick volunteers; the doctor accepts him for the surgery and also plastic surgery. When the operation is over, Slick doesn't remember a thing about his old life - not his crimes, his friends, nothing. He studies and becomes a doctor and sets up practice, also working with prisoners each morning. Then one of his old friends shows up and thinks he knows the doctor.
Good, earnest performance by Ralph Bellamy and by Hall, with some real spice added by Isabel Jewell as Slick's old girlfriend, who sees the doctor as a soft touch. She tries to talk Gloves (Bond), who now drives from the doctor, to steal from him.
Well worth seeing.
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