The Bigamist (1953)

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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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Cast

Edmond O'Brien
as Harry Graham / Harrison Graham
Joan Fontaine
as Eve Graham
Ida Lupino
as Phyllis Martin
Edmund Gwenn
as Mr. Jordan
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Connelly
Kenneth Tobey
as Tom Morgan
Peggy Maley
as Phone Operator
Mack Williams
as Prosecuting Attorney
James Todd
as Mr. Forbes
James Young
as Executive
Lilian Fontaine
as Miss Higgins
John Brown
as Dr. Wallace
Matt Dennis
as Himself
Kem Dibbs
as Tanner Driver
Ken Drake
as Court Clerk
Mac Kim
as Boy on the Street
George Lee
as Head Waiter
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Critic Reviews for The Bigamist

All Critics (5)

A splendid, heartless, virtuoso's performance it is again, larger than life and larger, too, than the film in which it finds itself.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Poorly cast and plotted, but still weirdly interesting.

Aug 8, 2014 | Rating: 2/5

Drags its all-star cast through soap-opera melodramatics of a very high order.

Aug 16, 2011 | Full Review…

The surprisingly modern-seeming ending casts some shadow onto easy conclusions.

Dec 25, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Got trapped in a ridiculous deep-freeze as if trying its best to make the bigamist into an Albert Schweitzer.

Jun 26, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bigamist

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Ida Lupino fluidly directs and stars in this curious piece that seems to look as if it wants to rationalise a gentleman having 2 wives. Ed O'Brien is the poor travelling salesman who gets lonely on the road, who loves 2 women, and Ed Gwynne is the agency guy who discovers his secret. This was better than I thought it was going to be and Lupino rises on my estimation for the conscious choices she makes as a director that are different from usual studio think. Give her a shot, she earns it.

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