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His Double Life
     

His Double Life

Director: Arthur Hopkins

Cast: Lillian Gish, Roland Young, Lucy Beaumont

 
His Double Life is a sweet, charming adaptation of the venerable Arnold Bennett play Buried Alive. Roland Young plays Priam Farrell, a famous and reclusive artist who is loath to return to London to accept a knighthood. Hoping to drop out of sight, Farrell trades identities with his recently deceased valet. So far as the world is concerned, Farrell

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His Double Life is a sweet, charming adaptation of the venerable Arnold Bennett play Buried Alive. Roland Young plays Priam Farrell, a famous and reclusive artist who is loath to return to London to accept a knighthood. Hoping to drop out of sight, Farrell trades identities with his recently deceased valet. So far as the world is concerned, Farrell himself has died, allowing him to start life all over again with spinster Alice (Lillian Gish), whom he -- or rather the man he is pretending to be -- had been corresponding with through a matrimonial bureau. Complications arise when the dead valet's family pops up with the intention of accusing Young of bigamy! Filmed at the Astoria Studios in Long Island, His Double Life was for many years withdrawn from circulation because of its 1943 remake, Holy Matrimony.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
His Double Life is an amiable enough way to pass a little bit of time, although modern audiences are perhaps going to find it a bit too tame. Based upon a story which has been adapted to the stage and to film several times, the plot is one that by now will come across as somewhat predictable and more than a bit farfetched. Credibility, of course, does not have to be a major concern in a comedy, provided that the tone of the piece allows for a bit of a flight of fancy and that the dialogue and characters are engaging enough. Life's dialogue is diverting, but it doesn't sparkle as brightly as one might wish, and the same could be said of its characters. This isn't due to the performers, for both Roland Young and the lovely Lillian Gish turn in worthy performances. Young is occasionally a bit too wan, but Gish's timeless charm more than makes up for his momentary lapses. Arthur Hopkins' direction could be sprightlier in places, but it is not damaging. Overall, it's a pleasant, though not noteworthy, little film.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2006
UPC:
0089218519498
Original Release:
1933
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:07:00
Sales rank:
57,511

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lillian Gish Mrs. Alice Hunter
Roland Young Priam Farrel
Lucy Beaumont Mrs. Leek
Charles Richman Witt
Regina de Valet Actor
Lumsden Hare Oxford
Roland Hogue Henry Leek
Audrey Ridgewell Lady Helen
Gerald Oliver Smith Leek Twin
Philip Tonge Leek Twin
Montagu Love Duncan Farrel

Technical Credits
Arthur Hopkins Director,Screenwriter
Clara S. Beranger Screenwriter
Eddie Dowling Producer
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Arthur Ellis Editor
Ben Jackson Producer
Joseph I. Kane Sound/Sound Designer
Walter E. Keller Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- His Double Life
2. Chapter 1 [8:15]
3. Chapter 2 [11:57]
4. Chapter 3 [13:12]
5. Chapter 4 [12:11]
6. Chapter 5 [12:13]
7. Chapter 6 [8:50]

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