The Bigamist

A man is investigated by an adoption agency and is discovered to be living a double life.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 19 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: December 21, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1953
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case

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Total Count: 7


User Ratings: 394
Drags its all-star cast through soap-opera melodramatics of a very high order. Full Review
East Bay Express
Aug 16, 2011
Rating: 3.5/4 -- While viewers' reactions will likely vary greatly, Lupino refuses to take sides, and the result is a film that exists in a surprising moral gray area rarely seen in 1953. Full Review
From the Front Row
Oct 9, 2019
A splendid, heartless, virtuoso's performance it is again, larger than life and larger, too, than the film in which it finds itself. Full Review
The Spectator
Jul 20, 2018
Rating: 2/5 -- Poorly cast and plotted, but still weirdly interesting.
Film Threat
Aug 8, 2014
Rating: 4/5 -- The surprisingly modern-seeming ending casts some shadow onto easy conclusions. Full Review
Goatdog's Movies
Dec 25, 2009
Lupino's treatment of an adulterous husband is so even-handed, so sympathetic, you don't just feel for him; you understand him. Full Review
Boulder Weekly
Oct 23, 2019
Rating: B- -- Got trapped in a ridiculous deep-freeze as if trying its best to make the bigamist into an Albert Schweitzer. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jun 26, 2007

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While away on business, Harry Graham (Edmond O'Brien) hops a Hollywood tour bus. Sitting next to him is a tough-talking waitress, Phyllis Martin (Ida Lupino). He lights her cigarette and, a few more trips to Los Angeles later, Harry and Phyllis are wed. Back home in San Francisco, he and his wife, Eve (Joan Fontaine), are trying to adopt a child. Harry noticeably hesitates before signing a release granting the adoption agency permission to investigate their lives. The head of the agency, Mr. Jordan, senses that there is something amiss and decides to dig deeper Harry is torn by his love and his desire to protect both women. Eve, though aloof, gives him a decent life. Phyllis, hardened by past disappointments, needs his love. Harry's situation becomes desperate as he tries to maintain his double life under the weight of Mr. Jordan's endless probing.

Tough but sensitive Edmond O'Brien appeared in such film noir classics as The Killer (1946), D.O.A. (1949), White Heat (1949), The Hitchhiker (1953), A Cry In The Night (1956) and many others. Filmmaker/actress (and sometimes writer and producer) Ida Lupino became famous after her appearance in High Sierra (1941). She was the most renowned female director of her time with a series of films that frequently explored subjects considered socially taboo. Joan Fontaine is fondly remembered for her Academy Award winning performance in Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion (1941).

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A salesman marries a wealthy woman from a blue-blooded L.A. family (Fontaine) and a street-smart waitress in a San Francisco Chinese restaurant. Driven to this agonizing extreme more by his big heart than lust, the bigamist strains to keep his double life a secret from the women he truly loves. Curiously non-judgmental, particularly as it's directed by a woman, Lupino (it's also the only production in which she directed herself).


Production Notes:

  • In curious behind-the-scenes parallel to the torrid topic of this film, producer and writer Collier Young had just divorced director Ida Lupino and married... Joan Fontaine!
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The Bigamist Movie Lover: from Cambridge, OH US -- November, 12, 2007

Interesting story of man who gives in to his weaknesses and thereby hurts all involved. Edmond O'Brien gives an intelligent performance as the bigamist. Nice to see scenes of 1950's LA, especially the bus tour where one of the homes pointed out belongs to a member of the cast!

The Bigamist Movie Lover: from Philadelphia -- March, 27, 2005

Compelling and realistic story of a man who falls in love with another woman, makes a foolish decision with good intentions and winds up destroying himself. Edmond O'Brian is outstanding as are the rest of the cast.

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