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The Bigamist (1942)

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A family man travelling for work, Paolo Bianchi, meets on a train a lonely girl, Maria. He sees her again on a bus and she reveals him that she's in troubles: she's pregnant, her baby's ... See full summary »


Cesare Zavattini (story), Piero Tellini (story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Gino Cervi ... Paolo Bianchi
Adriana Benetti ... Maria
Giuditta Rissone ... Clara Bianchi
Carlo Romano ... Antonio - l'autista della corriera
Guido Celano ... Pasquale - Fratello di Maria
Margherita Seglin Margherita Seglin ... Luisa - madre di Maria e Pasquale
Aldo Silvani Aldo Silvani ... Luca - padre di Maria e Pasquale
Mario Siletti Mario Siletti ... Il fattorino della corriera
Oreste Bilancia ... Il droghiere di Campolo
Gildo Bocci Gildo Bocci ... Il contadino sulla corriera
Arturo Bragaglia Arturo Bragaglia ... Il viaggiatore nervoso
Anna Carena ... La maestra sulla corriera
Pina Gallini Pina Gallini ... Signora Clelia
Luciano Manara Luciano Manara ... Il settentrionale
Armando Migliari Armando Migliari ... Antonio - il capostazione


A family man travelling for work, Paolo Bianchi, meets on a train a lonely girl, Maria. He sees her again on a bus and she reveals him that she's in troubles: she's pregnant, her baby's father has left her and she doesn't know how to tell to her parents that she's not married. She asks Paolo to play the role of her husband and he accepts.... Written by Serena Paterlini

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Variety reported in November 1948 that British producer Alexander Korda had purchased the rights to remake the film in English, with Ralph Richardson in the Gino Cervi role, that version was never made. See more »


Remade as The Virtuous Bigamist (1956) See more »

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Blassetti's masterpiece
6 November 2019 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

This film of Alessandro Blassetti fully deserves its status of one of the '100 Italian films to be saved'. Its pedigree is impressive. The ubiquitous Zavattini had a hand in the story which was adapted by Guiseppe Amato with yet another marvellous score by Alessandro Cicognini. Czech Vaclav Vich was behind the camera and production design was by Virgilio Marchi. The gallery of characters is wonderfully observed. Gino Cervi has never been better and there are standout performances by Adriana Benetti as Maria, Aldo Silvani and Giacinto Molteni as father and grandfather. This is quite simply a masterpiece of early Neo-Realism. Unforgettable. A film very much of its time but timeless. It spawned a few remakes the best of which is undoubetdly that of Mario Soldati in the fifties starring Fernandel as the kind-hearted salesman but even that version suffers by comparison. Coincidentally Fernandel and Cervi were to play opposite each other in the Don Camillo series. Three other versions, two from Bollywood and one from Hollywood are worthless.

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Release Date:

24 December 1942 (Italy) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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