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A Double Life (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1948 (Turkey)
A celebrated actor struggles to distinguish his own life from that of his most recent stage role, Othello.

Director:

George Cukor
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Colman ... Anthony John
Signe Hasso ... Brita Kaurin
Edmond O'Brien ... Bill Friend
Shelley Winters ... Pat Kroll
Ray Collins ... Victor Donlan
Philip Loeb ... Max Lasker
Millard Mitchell ... Al Cooley
Joe Sawyer ... Ray Bonner
Charles La Torre Charles La Torre ... Stellini
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Stauffer
John Drew Colt John Drew Colt ... Stage Manager
Peter M. Thompson Peter M. Thompson ... Asst. Stage Manager (as Peter Thompson)
Elizabeth Dunne Elizabeth Dunne ... Gladys
Alan Edmiston Alan Edmiston ... Rex
Art Smith ... Wigmaker
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Storyline

Anthony John is an actor whose life is strongly influenced by the characters he plays. When he's playing comedy, he's the most enjoyable person in the world, but when he's playing drama, it's terrible to be around him. That's the reason why his wife Brita divorced him; although she still loves him and works with him, she couldn't stand living with him anymore. So when Anthony accepts to play Othello, he devotes himself entirely to the part, but it soon overwhelms him and with each day his mind gets filled more and more with Othello's murderous jealousy. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Trivia

This was the first of five collaborations between George Cukor and the husband-and-wife writing team of Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon between 1947 and 1980. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the last "Othello", Tony appears to be distracted by someone just off-stage. We know that Bill, the policeman, and the restaurant owner are standing where he is looking, but the only one he knows is Bill. He had seen the restaurant owner only once, and surely couldn't have recognized him in the dark; and he had never met the policeman. His final act implies that he knows he has been found out, but what gave him that idea? See more »

Quotes

Pat Kroll: I like you, you know.
Anthony John: Now I do.
Pat Kroll: You gonna say you like me?
Anthony John: Later.
Pat Kroll: Oh thanks. You gonna tell me your name?
Anthony John: As soon as I know it myself, yes.
Pat Kroll: Oh don't give me that. I've handled lines all my life.
Anthony John: [amused] So have I!
Pat Kroll: Say, what's so funny?
Anthony John: It's nothing. It's a private joke between me and me
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits appear against a theatre image with stage curtain. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Opus 10 No. 3 in E Major
(1829-32) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played a bit on piano by Brita
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Ronald Colman stars as the obsessed thespian who takes his work seriously.
20 January 2001 | by Steve-318See all my reviews

If you like "Othello," you'll love this flick since half the movie revolves around the stage production of the play.

The film has a great cast with Signe Hasso and Shelley Winters as the women in Colman's life while Edmond O'Brien plays the enterprising press agent.

A couple of the supporting players I particularly liked were Millard Mitchell as the grizzled reporter who finds an angle and Joe Sawyer, the 1940's answer to Drew Carey, who plays the cop on the case.

Great raw moments in this one with noir realism throughout.


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Release Date:

1948 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

The Art of Murder See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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