The Bigamist Reviews

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Sep 09, 2018

    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.

    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.

  • Feb 11, 2016

    Interesting melodrama about titular bigamist, Edmond O`Brien, in love with two different women, Joan Fontaine and Ida Lupino, living a double life. Probably Lupino's best film as a director, though "The Hitch-Hiker" and "The Trouble with Angels" certainly have their charms. This film was also the only time Lupino directed herself.

    Interesting melodrama about titular bigamist, Edmond O`Brien, in love with two different women, Joan Fontaine and Ida Lupino, living a double life. Probably Lupino's best film as a director, though "The Hitch-Hiker" and "The Trouble with Angels" certainly have their charms. This film was also the only time Lupino directed herself.

  • Feb 15, 2015

    Sensitively handled, but 'of it's time'. Annoying-ly Melodrama-ey.

    Sensitively handled, but 'of it's time'. Annoying-ly Melodrama-ey.

  • Mar 27, 2014

    the scarlet letter in the film poster should be the "B" as in B movie....dull and irrelevant and a waste of a great cast...

    the scarlet letter in the film poster should be the "B" as in B movie....dull and irrelevant and a waste of a great cast...

  • Feb 03, 2014

    A rather strange sort of melodrama. Edmond O Brien stars as Harry Graham, a freezer salesman from San Francisco who is trying to adopt a child with his wife and business partner Eve (Joan Fontaine.) In the vetting process, the head of the adoption agency, Mr. Jordan, uncovers Harry's dual life in LA where he also has a wife and a son to boot. The film is Harry explaining to Mr. Jordan how he came to be in such a predicament. The melodrama is at full pelt here, but for such a mix of damaged characters, you start to empathise with all of them. Ida Lupino stars as his LA wife Phyllis, but also directs the film. She was known as a poor man's Bette Davis and when the new wave of young starlets came into the studio system, she decided to step behind the camera and also write roles for herself. Good for her. The film culminates in a courtroom scene with the conclusion of how it will all pan out left up in the air with a series of silent expressions that tell a wealth more than the script ever could.

    A rather strange sort of melodrama. Edmond O Brien stars as Harry Graham, a freezer salesman from San Francisco who is trying to adopt a child with his wife and business partner Eve (Joan Fontaine.) In the vetting process, the head of the adoption agency, Mr. Jordan, uncovers Harry's dual life in LA where he also has a wife and a son to boot. The film is Harry explaining to Mr. Jordan how he came to be in such a predicament. The melodrama is at full pelt here, but for such a mix of damaged characters, you start to empathise with all of them. Ida Lupino stars as his LA wife Phyllis, but also directs the film. She was known as a poor man's Bette Davis and when the new wave of young starlets came into the studio system, she decided to step behind the camera and also write roles for herself. Good for her. The film culminates in a courtroom scene with the conclusion of how it will all pan out left up in the air with a series of silent expressions that tell a wealth more than the script ever could.

  • Dec 30, 2011

    Very melodramatic, very 1950s but pretty good at making us feel sorry for the bigamist, rather than thinking of him as an evil family-wrecking lawbreaker.

    Very melodramatic, very 1950s but pretty good at making us feel sorry for the bigamist, rather than thinking of him as an evil family-wrecking lawbreaker.

  • Dec 21, 2011

    A very good film with a controversial subject.

    A very good film with a controversial subject.

  • Mar 31, 2011

    One of a handful of films directed by actress-turned-director/actress Ida Lupino, "the Bigamist" dealt with a controversial subject (I'll give you two guesses what it is...), but instead of going for sensationalist portrayals, Lupino calmly and respectfully shows her characters without bias, giving each of them a chance to earn the audience's compassion, if not approval. Much of the film's impact is achieved by what is left unsaid, by looks of hesitation or regret, nowhere more obvious than in the final scene, when nothing is spoken, but everything conveyed through the eyes of the 3 leads.

    One of a handful of films directed by actress-turned-director/actress Ida Lupino, "the Bigamist" dealt with a controversial subject (I'll give you two guesses what it is...), but instead of going for sensationalist portrayals, Lupino calmly and respectfully shows her characters without bias, giving each of them a chance to earn the audience's compassion, if not approval. Much of the film's impact is achieved by what is left unsaid, by looks of hesitation or regret, nowhere more obvious than in the final scene, when nothing is spoken, but everything conveyed through the eyes of the 3 leads.

  • Dec 06, 2010

    Fun little B-movie which should be hella exploitive, but it really is not. It's actually, believe it or not, more film-noirish then anything else. Edmund O'Brien plays the title character, and yes, he's got two lives and wives, the smart but somewhat dumb Ida Lupino, and the cold but somewhat dumb Joan Fontaine. Both love the lug, and he loves both of them! Oh no! Things don't go to well when Fontaine and O'Brien want to adopt a kid, and the agency snoops around. Then it goes to flashback land to reveal's O'Brien's quite believable story. Amazingly directed by Lupino, this should be a must see, as you don't really get a lot of movies like this starring and directed at the same time by a woman. Great movie!

    Fun little B-movie which should be hella exploitive, but it really is not. It's actually, believe it or not, more film-noirish then anything else. Edmund O'Brien plays the title character, and yes, he's got two lives and wives, the smart but somewhat dumb Ida Lupino, and the cold but somewhat dumb Joan Fontaine. Both love the lug, and he loves both of them! Oh no! Things don't go to well when Fontaine and O'Brien want to adopt a kid, and the agency snoops around. Then it goes to flashback land to reveal's O'Brien's quite believable story. Amazingly directed by Lupino, this should be a must see, as you don't really get a lot of movies like this starring and directed at the same time by a woman. Great movie!

  • Aug 29, 2010

    Interesting, well acted and sincere attempt to tackle a difficult subject back in the early 50s when such topics were taboo. This would not even be considered by Hollywood these days unfortunately being obsessed with profit, celebrity and low-brow comedy and action. Directed by Ida Lupino one of very few female directors of this era.

    Interesting, well acted and sincere attempt to tackle a difficult subject back in the early 50s when such topics were taboo. This would not even be considered by Hollywood these days unfortunately being obsessed with profit, celebrity and low-brow comedy and action. Directed by Ida Lupino one of very few female directors of this era.