Up 15,030 this week

The Man Who Lived Twice (1936)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  25 September 1936 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 79 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 3 critic

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 ... See full summary »


0Check in

10 Best Action Heroes

We consulted IMDb's Highest-Rated Action-Family Films to came up with 10 scene-stealing action figures your kids can relate to, look up to, and be inspired by.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 03 Jul 2011
a list of 4618 titles
created 15 Jan 2013
a list of 21 titles
created 27 Mar 2014
a list of 20 titles
created 11 months ago
a list of 397 titles
created 1 month ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Man Who Lived Twice (1936)

The Man Who Lived Twice (1936) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Man Who Lived Twice.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding.

Director: George Waggner
Stars: Lionel Atwill, Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Nagel
Weird Woman (1944)
Certificate: Passed Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

While on a South Seas trip, a professor falls in love and marries an exotic native woman. What he doesn't know is that she was raised by superstitious natives who believe her to be some ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Gwynne, Evelyn Ankers
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When Ygor brings the monster to Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein for care, Ludwig gets the idea of replacing the monster's current criminal brain, with a normal brain.

Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Lon Chaney Jr., Ralph Bellamy
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance.

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy


Cast overview:
Dr. James Blake / 'Slick' Rawley
Janet Haydon
Thurston Hall ...
Dr. Clifford L. Schuyler
Peggy Russell
Nana Bryant ...
Margaret Schuyler
John 'Gloves' Baker
Henry Kolker ...
Judge Henry Treacher
Willard Robertson ...
Police Insp. Logan
Nurse Cameron
Kathrin Clare Ward ...


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 Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

plastic surgery | operation | See All (2) »


Crime | Drama






Release Date:

25 September 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'homme qui vécut deux fois  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Shooting lasted from July 11-29, 1936, released Sept. 25. See more »


Remade as Man in the Dark (1953) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Really Good Programmer!
18 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is the type of B movie that makes you want to keep seeking these old flicks out. Ralph Bellamy plays Slick Rawley, a notorious criminal who is disfigured. The cops get too close to him, so he ducks out from his friend Gloves (Ward Bond) and his girl Peggy (Isabel Jewell) and ends up in a college at a lecture by scientist Dr. Schuyler (Thurston Hall in a nice turn). This Doctor says he can cure certain types of criminals by releasing pressure on the brain, caused by tumors. Rawley is intrigued and talks the doctor into using him as his first human experiment. (He had done experiments on "criminal" dogs before). Slick only asks for his disfigurement to be repaired. After the experiment, Slick loses his memory and becomes the prominent Dr. Blake after much help from his new father figure, Dr. Schuyler. After a few years his old cohorts show up and he gains a new ally in Gloves, who again is loyal to the man who takes care of him, but now an enemy in his old girl, Peggy, who wants the reward for turning in Slick to the police.

Harry Lachman was a very good director and this film benefits also from being made at Columbia, a quality studio. This is clearly a B film, but has a class that shows. Lachman uses a lot of close-ups, montages and angled shots that keep the story feeling tense, even in some of the lighter passages. Ralph Bellamy is very good in a dual role, first as the disfigured criminal and second as the respected doctor. He uses different body language for each and at the same time both have certain aspects in common, including the voice and the nervous habit of twirling a key-chain, which eventually gives Blake's true identity away.

Likewise, the supporting cast is very good. Ward Bond plays Gloves with some real sympathy. He's not the smartest man, but he really just needs a chance. Jewell is quite good as the greedy woman, who won't take good charity from Dr. Blake and would rather turn him in for more money. The two mirror the good and bad sides of Blake/Rawley. Gloves is his loyal, good side that gives people a chance, despite their criminal ways. Peggy, meanwhile, is the seedier side that takes the quick and easy way rather than work hard. Marian Marsh is also sympathetic as a woman, Janet, who Blake helps and ends up falling in love with.

The Man Who LivedTwice is a special little B, that has some good suspense and even some horror overtones with the story of disfigurement and scientific experiment. The sci-fi angle is, of course, the weak point with the ridiculous tumor on the brain theory, but when you get past that, this is a really good crime melodrama.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Man Who Lived Twice (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: