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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. In Los Angeles it first aired Saturday 28 January 1950 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »
Good Performance By Young Holds Together a Far-Fetched Story
Roland Young gives a good performance in "His Double Life" that helps out an otherwise rather silly story of confusion and dual identity. It is a quite watchable if not especially memorable movie.
Priam Farrel (Young) is a brilliant artist, but is totally incapable of dealing with the most basic social situations. When his devoted valet becomes ill and dies suddenly, and everyone mistakenly assumes that the dead man is the artist, Farrel finds himself at the mercy of events. He starts to assume his valet's identity, but longs for his own. The resulting situations are sometimes funny and sometimes thoughtful. They work alright mainly because Young is good at portraying the painfully shy and rather befuddled personality of his character, and is also good at communicating the dilemmas he faces.
There's not much more to it than that, but it moves quickly and is pretty good light entertainment for anyone who likes comedies of the era.
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