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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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Wanted by two women! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Harry Graham: How can a man call a woman his wife for eight years - someone who you love, who loves you - how can you call her and tell her that you must have a divorce? Worse than that, you've been unfaithful - you're going to be a father. How can you hurt someone so much?
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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) 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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Well done, Ida!
13 September 2009 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

Ida Lupino, the trail blazing female director, both stars and directs in this extraordinary 1953 film "The Bigamist".

Ms. Lupino made interesting films and tackled some difficult subject matter. This being one of them, the plot conveyed in the title. However, Ms. Lupino, brings sympathy and understanding to all 3 main characters, herself playing Phyllis, Joan Fontaine playing Eve, the barren wife and the travelling tortured salesman played by Edmond O'Brien. Twee in-jokes aside and a few groan-worthy melodramatic moments, the film has aged well.

Eve plays the business woman extremely well. Everything starts to turn on its head when she decides she does want a child after all and they proceed with the adoption process.

Lupino plays the tough farm girl, working at menial jobs in the city and all too ready to have a romance. Her vulnerability is beautifully portrayed. Her pregnancy is handled with subtlety.

Edmund Gwenn plays the adoption agency investigator and does an admirable job.

The climax comes in the courtroom scene and this is where some melodrama comes into play but it does not affect the restraint shown by the director in letting the audience decide the moral outcome.

8 out of 10. Recommended.


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