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The Bigamist (1953)

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The subject of bigamy is well handled in this man-with-a-double life film noir, starring Edmond O’Brien, a few years after his signature role in the noir classic D.O.A. Director Ida Lupino brings a woman’s perspective to the taboo subject and is to be credited for making Graham a somewhat sympathetic character. Graham is seemingly happily married to his wife, Eve (Joan Fontaine), but the couple’s inability to have children and his work as a traveling salesmen bring him into a chance encounter with Phyllis Martin (Ida Lupino), and he can’t help but take up with her to fill the void in his life. It is a most interesting technique director Lupino uses to make the audience concerned that he is going to be found out when a social worker, Mr. Jordan (Edmond Glenn), as part of his investigation to see if the Grahams are suitable parents to a child they wish to adopt, discovers his double life. It is as if this could happen to anyone in similar circumstances, and we feel sympathy towards O’Brien’s character. -Corinth Films

Starring Edmond O'Brien, Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn. Directed by Ida Lupino.

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