The Bigamist

Overview

The title character is Edmond O'Brien, a lonely travelling salesman who ends up married to two women, Eve Joan Fontaine--and Phyllis Ida Lupino. Eventually, of course, the truth comes out. Directed by costar Ida Lupino, The Bigamist manages to evoke a certain amount of sympathy for Edmond O'Brien, without in any way advocating or excusing his lifestyle. It's worth noting that an Italian film made around the same time, also titled The Bigamist, is a comedy.
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Overview

The title character is Edmond O'Brien, a lonely travelling salesman who ends up married to two women, Eve Joan Fontaine--and Phyllis Ida Lupino. Eventually, of course, the truth comes out. Directed by costar Ida Lupino, The Bigamist manages to evoke a certain amount of sympathy for Edmond O'Brien, without in any way advocating or excusing his lifestyle. It's worth noting that an Italian film made around the same time, also titled The Bigamist, is a comedy.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Featuring an unusual subject matter for a 1950s film, The Bigamist could easily have been turned into either a quickie exploitation flick or a heavy-handed moralizing trope on the sanctity of marriage. Instead, under director Ida Lupino's careful and sensitive guidance, the film manages the difficult trick of being sympathetic to the title character while at the same time condemning his actions. Although no classic -- it's a trifle too schematic and can't help but mix in a few too many clich├ęs into the story -- The Bigamist is notable for its examination of a socially taboo subject and for the honesty with which it treats its characters and their milieus. As a director, Lupino also has an eye for telling detail, as in the manner in which the Chinese restaurant where Phyllis Martin (played by Lupino) works describes so much about the character and her world. Lupino the director gets a very fine performance from Lupino the actress and an even more impressive one from Edmond O'Brien, who handles the difficult role with seeming ease. As the first wife, Joan Fontaine is excellent, her familiar mannerisms well suited to the role. George Diskant's low-key photography also adds to the atmospheric proceedings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/2004
  • UPC: 089218459091
  • Original Release: 1953
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 45,681

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edmond O'Brien Harry Graham
Joan Fontaine Eve Graham
Ida Lupino Phyllis Martin
Edmund Gwenn Mr. Jordan
Jane Darwell Mrs. Connelly
Kenneth Tobey Tom Morgan
Peggy Maley Phone Operator
Mack Williams Prosecuting Attorney
James Todd Mr. Forbes
Lilian Fontaine Miss Higgins
John Brown Dr. Wallace
Matt Dennis Himself
Jerry Housner Roy
Ken Drake Court Clerk
George Lee Head Waiter
James Young Executive
John Maxwell Judge
Kem Dibbs Tanner Driver
Technical Credits
Ida Lupino Director
Matt Dennis Songwriter
George E. Diskant Cinematographer
David Gillam Songwriter
Lawrence B. Marcus Original Story
Leith Stevens Score Composer
Stanford Tischler Editor
Collier Young Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [12:03]
3. Chapter 2 [13:47]
4. Chapter 3 [13:37]
5. Chapter 4 [12:49]
6. Chapter 5 [13:10]
7. Chapter 6 [12:03]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Chapter Index
   Catalog
   Coming Attractions
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