6.7/10
75
7 user 5 critic

The Man Who Lived Twice (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 25 September 1936 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(story), | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Svengali (1931)
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Through hypnotism and telepathic mind control, a sinister music maestro controls the singing voice, but not the heart, of the woman he loves.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Crisp
Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ignoring an ancient prophecy, evil brother Gregor seeks to maintain his feudal power on his his Tyrolean estate by murdering and impersonating his benevolent younger twin.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Boris Karloff, Marian Marsh, Robert Allen
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A crippled man finds a boy and vows to make him a great dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Charles Butterworth
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A middle-aged magician is in love with his beautiful young assistant. She, on the other hand, is in love with the magician's young protege, who turns out to be a bum and a thief.

Director: Pál Fejös
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, Leslie Fenton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Dr. James Blake / 'Slick' Rawley
...
Janet Haydon
...
Dr. Clifford L. Schuyler
...
Peggy Russell
...
Margaret Schuyler
...
John 'Gloves' Baker
...
Judge Henry Treacher
...
...
Nurse Cameron
Kathrin Clare Ward ...
Aggie
Edit

Storyline

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) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 September 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'homme qui vécut deux fois  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Film That Never Really Goes Anywhere
6 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

The Man Who Lived Twice (1936)

** (out of 4)

Fair mix of horror and crime has Ralph Bellamy playing 'Slick' Rawley, a notorious killer who hears about a doctor (Thurston Hall) who is performing brain operations, which is curing evil people of their bad deeds. After the operation Slick also has a face lift but the big key is that he's forgotten his past. With only the future ahead of him he decides to learn medicine and everything starts to go right until his past starts to catch up with him. THE MAN WHO LIVED TWICE has a pretty interesting set-up but sadly the film never really comes together for a number of reasons. I think the film's biggest flaw is the fact that it really doesn't know what type of movie it wants to be. The horror elements are so small that it's really hard to lump it into the genre even with the operation stuff. The crime elements really aren't explored either outside of the opening when we get to see what type of person Slick is. The rest of the film has a love story that really doesn't go anywhere and in fact I'd say that the majority of the running time is all about nothing. I'm not going to ruin the final ten-minutes of the movie but they're rather laughable and especially the way the conclusion plays out. The one thing working for the film are the performances and Bellamy leads the way in a nice turn. I thought he did a very good job as both the good doctor and the evil crime boss. Marian Marsh and Isabel Jewel are good as the love interests and Ward Bond nearly steals the picture as the assistant to Slick. There's really not too much atmosphere and even at 73-minutes the film drags a bit. THE MAN WHO LIVED TWICE isn't a horrible film but at the same time it's not really a good one either.


1 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page