MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,913 this week

The Bigamist (1953)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  3 December 1953 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 1,450 users  
Reviews: 36 user | 17 critic

Harry and Eve Graham are trying to adopt a baby. The head of the agency senses Harry is keeping a secret and does some investigating. He soon discovers Harry has done an unusual amount of ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story) (as Larry Marcus) , (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 15 Feb 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 06 Jul 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 23 Jul 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 15 Jan 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 16 Dec 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Bigamist" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Bigamist (1953)

The Bigamist (1953) on IMDb 6.7/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Bigamist.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

During the Korean War, a soldier promises his dying buddy that he'll look after the man's family when he gets home. He winds up getting more than he bargained for.

Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: Edmund Purdom, Ida Lupino, Mimi Gibson
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Teenagers plot the robbery of an armored car.

Director: Bethel Buckalew
Stars: Ralph Meeker, Ida Lupino, Lloyd Nolan
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When 2 detectives steal $80,000 from a dead robber, one of them suffers from a guilty conscience which could lead to murder.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Ida Lupino, Steve Cochran, Howard Duff
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An industrialist (Joseph Cotton) and a pianist (Joan Fontaine) meet on a trip and fall in love. Through a quirk of fate, they are reported dead in a crash though they weren't on the plane. ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Joseph Cotten, Françoise Rosay
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Life at a 1950s women's maximum security prison where the warden and the guards are as brutal as the inmates.

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Ida Lupino, Jan Sterling, Cleo Moore
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Fourteen-year-old Tessa is hopelessly in love with handsome composer Lewis Dodd, a family friend. Lewis adores Tessa, but has never shown any romantic feelings toward her. When Tessa's ... See full summary »

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Charles Boyer, Joan Fontaine, Brenda Marshall
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Visiting her two sisters and brother, singer Petey Brown lands a job at small-time-hood Nicky Toresca's nightclub. While evading the sleazy Toresca's heavy-handed passes at her, she falls ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Alda, Andrea King
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two high-spirited young students at St. Francis Academy For Girls keep things hopping for the challenged Mother Superior and her staff of bewildered Sisters.

Director: Ida Lupino
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills, Binnie Barnes
The Bigamist (1956)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Luciano Emmer
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Franca Valeri, Giovanna Ralli
Mr. Adams and Eve (1957–1958)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: Howard Duff, Ida Lupino, Olive Carey
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

With a war on and most men being drafted, Howard Oil Supply Company has no salesmen left. So daughter Jean hits the road and does not make one sale. She finally gets one tentative sale with... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Ida Lupino, Sydney Greenstreet, William Prince
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Incidents of a marriage are recalled in flashback.

Director: John Berry
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Rosemary DeCamp, Harry Morgan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Eve Graham
...
Phyllis Martin
...
Mr. Jordan
...
Harry Graham / Harrison Graham
...
Tom Morgan, Defense Attorney
...
Mrs. Connelley
Peggy Maley ...
Phone Operator
Lilian Fontaine ...
Miss Higgins, Landlady (as Lillian Fontaine)
Matt Dennis ...
Himself, Singer
John Maxwell ...
Judge
Edit

Storyline

Harry and Eve Graham are trying to adopt a baby. The head of the agency senses Harry is keeping a secret and does some investigating. He soon discovers Harry has done an unusual amount of traveling from his home in San Francisco to Los Angeles. Harry gets tracked down in LA where he has a second wife and a baby. Via flashbacks, Harry tells the adoption agent how he ended up in two marriages. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Wanted by two women!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 December 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann mit den zwei Frauen  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Stack, best known for playing the part of Elliot Ness in the popular 1959 to 1963 TV series "The Untouchables" played the part of the tour bus driver (uncredited). Question: What uncredited actor played the tour bus driver in "The Bigamist" starring Ida Lupino and Edmond O'Brian? Answer: Robert Stack. Best known for his leading part as Elliot Ness in the 1959 to 1963 TV series "The Untouchables". See more »

Quotes

Mr. Jordan: I can't figure out my feelings towards you, I despise you, and I pity you. I don't even want to shake your hand, and yet I almost wish you luck.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 17 January 1954 (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

It Wasn't The Stars That Thrilled Me
by Matt Dennis and Dave Gillam
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Lupino-directed not-quite-weeper betrays archaic attitudes
26 May 2002 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

Selling deep-freezes has been very good for west coast salesman Edmond O'Brien. He maintains a posh apartment in San Francisco and a bungalow in Los Angeles, both equipped with all the appurtenances of post-war prosperity, including a wife in each. In the city by the bay, Joan Fontaine serves as his helpmate not only at home but at work, where she serves as his executive secretary. But those long trips south can get lonely, and one afternoon, killing time on a tour bus, he flirts with Ida Lupino. Next thing, she's pregnant and married to him, too.

He might have gotten away with living his bigamous life but for the fact that he and the barren Fontaine decide to adopt a child. Enter Edmund Gwenn, an investigator for the adoption agency. No flies on Gwenn: He delves into O'Brien's background as if he were vetting him for Secretary of Defense. Caught in his two acts, O'Brien divulges his sad saga, in flashback, to the fascinated Gwenn.

Directed by Lupino, The Bigamist looks like it's going to turn into a weeper but doesn't quite make it. For one thing, odd touches crop up. The San Francisco high-rise is decorated in chic Chinoiserie, while in Los Angeles, Lupino slings chop suey in a dump called the Canton Café. Then, on the tour of Beverly Hills mansions, the driver points out the homes of movie stars; among them is Edmund Gwenn's. Meant as a light in-joke, it ends up as a distancing ploy when O'Brien and Lupino start chatting about Miracle on 34th Street.

But, closer to the bone, The Bigamist treats O'Brien with lavish sympathy. To be sure, there are the ritualistic mentions of `the moral laws we all live by' and the like, but on the whole he's portrayed as a victim of circumstance. For every victim, however, there's usually a villain. In this case, the finger wags at Fontaine, who can't bear a child and who takes her husband's work more seriously than she takes his ego.

Much is made, justifiably, of Lupino's bucking the male-dominated system by daring to direct movies. Yet The Bigamist demonstrates how hard it must have been to buck the social outlook of America in the early Eisenhower era.

Gossipy note: Writer/producer of The Bigamist was Collier Young, Lupino's second husband. They divorced in 1951, two years before they collaborated on this movie. She went on to marry Howard Duff; he to wed none other than Joan Fontaine. It must have made for an interesting production.


46 of 53 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did Edmond OBrien have sex appeal? oldblackandwhite
How things have changed rivergirl301
Movie of ironies jawebster2000
Edmund Gwenn's house fhh68
Meaning of Title irvberg2002
A Ranking of Joan Fontaine's Movies marhefka
Discuss The Bigamist (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?