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The Bigamist (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 3 December 1953 (USA)
A man secretly married to two women feels the pressure of his deceit.

Director:

Ida Lupino

Writers:

Lawrence B. Marcus (story) (as Larry Marcus), Lou Schor (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Fontaine ... Eve Graham
Ida Lupino ... Phyllis Martin
Edmund Gwenn ... Mr. Jordan
Edmond O'Brien ... Harry Graham / Harrison Graham
Kenneth Tobey ... Tom Morgan, Defense Attorney
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Connelley
Peggy Maley ... Phone Operator
Lilian Fontaine Lilian Fontaine ... Miss Higgins, Landlady (as Lillian Fontaine)
Matt Dennis Matt Dennis ... Mat Dennis
John Maxwell ... Judge
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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>

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A Motion Picture With a Theme Unusual in the Extreme! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Jane Wagner was originally set to play one of the wives but backed out at the last minute. Joan Fontaine took on the role instead. See more »

Goofs

The movie is about a couple in San Francisco with establishing shots at 1:13 (city landscape) and 1:22 (a city street with a characteristic steep hill). Mr Jordan (Edmund Gwenn) has to travel to LA to do a background check on Harry Graham (Edmond O'Brien). But when he arrives in LA to visit business offices there, the buildings are all on SF style steep streets (see 10:40 and 11:22.) They apparently used SF locations for LA locations, and to those who know both cities, it sticks out quite noticeably. Submitted by Jed Griswold. See more »

Quotes

Harry Graham: I've been a salesman too long not to recognize sales resistance when I see it.
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Connections

References Harvey (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

It Wasn't the Stars That Thrilled Me
Written by Matt Dennis and Dave Gillam
Performed by Matt Dennis
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Ida Lupino was Outstanding
28 June 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Always enjoy a film in which Ida Lupino directs and stars in the same film. This story has a twisted tale about a guy named Harry Graham, (Edmond O'Brien) who is married to a very successful woman, Eve Graham, (Joan Fontaine), who devotes her entire life to her business along with her husband who is a traveling salesman for their company. When Eve found out she could not have any children, she unknowingly neglected her husband and they went their separate ways, only seeing each other maybe once or twice a month. Harry meets up with a young woman, Phyllis Martin, ( Ida Lupino ) on a tour bus in Los Angeles and they both get interested in each other. One day, out of the blue Eve Graham asks Harry if he would like to adopt a child and so they engage the help of Mr. Jordan, (Edmund Gwenn) who works for a child adoption agency. Mr. Jordan explains that he will have to investigate both of their backgrounds and Mr. Jordan begins to have his doubts about Harry. It is at this point in the film when it gets very interesting. This is truly a great 1953 film Classic; I was surprised to learn that Joan Fontaine and Ida Lupino were both married to Collier Young who wrote the screenplay for this film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bigamist See more »

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Budget:

$175,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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