The Bigamist

1953

Drama / Film-Noir

63
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 2,970

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Edmond O'Brien as McClosky - aka 'Mac'
Edmund Gwenn as Mr. Jordan
Ida Lupino as Phyllis Martin
Joan Fontaine as Eve Graham
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80 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by whpratt1 7 / 10 / 10

Ida Lupino was Outstanding

Always enjoy a film in which Ida Lupino directs and stars in the same film. This story has a twisted tale about a guy named Harry Graham, (Edmond O'Brien) who is married to a very successful woman, Eve Graham, (Joan Fontaine), who devotes her entire life to her business along with her husband who is a traveling salesman for their company. When Eve found out she could not have any children, she unknowingly neglected her husband and they went their separate ways, only seeing each other maybe once or twice a month. Harry meets up with a young woman, Phyllis Martin, ( Ida Lupino ) on a tour bus in Los Angeles and they both get interested in each other. One day, out of the blue Eve Graham asks Harry if he would like to adopt a child and so they engage the help of Mr. Jordan, (Edmund Gwenn) who works for a child adoption agency. Mr. Jordan explains that he will have to investigate both of their backgrounds and Mr. Jordan begins to have his doubts about Harry. It is at this point in the film when it gets very interesting. This is truly a great 1953 film Classic; I was surprised to learn that Joan Fontaine and Ida Lupino were both married to Collier Young who wrote the screenplay for this film.

Reviewed by Bucs1960 7 / 10 / 10

Who Do You Love?

Ida Lupino was a tough little dame, both on the screen, behind the camera and apparently in real life. The daughter of British music hall star Stanley Lupino and niece of Lupino Lane also in the Halls, she was a trouper from day one and specialized in playing hard-boiled, world-weary women. Here, she is directing and co-starring in a tight little film about a man who gets himself in hot water with two wives, one baby and an adoption agency investigator who looks like Santa Claus(!). Edmond O'Brien, the everyman of film, portrays the bigamist of the title, who just can't seem to help himself.....so he helps himself to both Lupino and Joan Fontaine. All goes well for a while but circumstances catch up with him and then it hits the fan. The ending leaves the unanswered question, "Who do you love?", and leaves the viewer wondering which one will take him back. My money is on Lupino. Joan Fontaine plays the rather elegant business woman "first" wife in her usual cool and detached manner. She was coming off of a glorious career but was starting the descent that was inevitable for female stars of the 1940s. O'Brien does a yeoman's job as the man with the wedding bell blues and Edmund Gwenn, the real Santa Claus of 34th Street, is a little less jolly as the investigator. Jane Darwell, a staple of the 30s and 40s, has a bit part as the cleaning lady. Lupino was directing Fontaine, who was the wife of her ex-husband Collier Young, who was the producer. Got that? All they needed was Howard Duff, Lupino's next husband to pop up as a detective!....or maybe Brian Aherne, Fontaine's former husband, to be the judge. All that aside, this is not a bad film and it did receive some good reviews when released. It's worth a watch.

Reviewed by bmacv 7 / 10 / 10

Lupino-directed not-quite-weeper betrays archaic attitudes

Selling deep-freezes has been very good for west coast salesman Edmond O'Brien. He maintains a posh apartment in San Francisco and a bungalow in Los Angeles, both equipped with all the appurtenances of post-war prosperity, including a wife in each. In the city by the bay, Joan Fontaine serves as his helpmate not only at home but at work, where she serves as his executive secretary. But those long trips south can get lonely, and one afternoon, killing time on a tour bus, he flirts with Ida Lupino. Next thing, she's pregnant and married to him, too. He might have gotten away with living his bigamous life but for the fact that he and the barren Fontaine decide to adopt a child. Enter Edmund Gwenn, an investigator for the adoption agency. No flies on Gwenn: He delves into O'Brien's background as if he were vetting him for Secretary of Defense. Caught in his two acts, O'Brien divulges his sad saga, in flashback, to the fascinated Gwenn. Directed by Lupino, The Bigamist looks like it's going to turn into a weeper but doesn't quite make it. For one thing, odd touches crop up. The San Francisco high-rise is decorated in chic Chinoiserie, while in Los Angeles, Lupino slings chop suey in a dump called the Canton Café. Then, on the tour of Beverly Hills mansions, the driver points out the homes of movie stars; among them is Edmund Gwenn's. Meant as a light in-joke, it ends up as a distancing ploy when O'Brien and Lupino start chatting about Miracle on 34th Street. But, closer to the bone, The Bigamist treats O'Brien with lavish sympathy. To be sure, there are the ritualistic mentions of `the moral laws we all live by' and the like, but on the whole he's portrayed as a victim of circumstance. For every victim, however, there's usually a villain. In this case, the finger wags at Fontaine, who can't bear a child and who takes her husband's work more seriously than she takes his ego. Much is made, justifiably, of Lupino's bucking the male-dominated system by daring to direct movies. Yet The Bigamist demonstrates how hard it must have been to buck the social outlook of America in the early Eisenhower era. Gossipy note: Writer/producer of The Bigamist was Collier Young, Lupino's second husband. They divorced in 1951, two years before they collaborated on this movie. She went on to marry Howard Duff; he to wed none other than Joan Fontaine. It must have made for an interesting production.

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