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The Bigamist

1953

Drama / Film-Noir

6.8

Synopsis

Harry and Eve Graham are trying to adopt a baby. The head of the agency senses Harry is keeping a secret and does some investigating. He soon discovers Harry has done an unusual amount of traveling from his home in San Francisco to Los Angeles. Harry gets tracked down in LA where he has a second wife and a baby. Via flashbacks, Harry tells the adoption agent how he ended up in two marriages.

Cast

Ida Lupino
as Phyllis Martin
Edmund Gwenn
as Mr. Jordan
Edmond O'Brien
as Harry Graham / Harrison Graham
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Connelley
Kenneth Tobey
as Tom Morgan, Defense Attorney
Joan Fontaine
as Eve Graham
Peggy Maley
as Phone Operator

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Snow Leopard N/A

Interesting Drama With Some Thoughtful Moments

An interesting drama with some thoughtful moments, "The Bigamist" succeeds in offering a sympathetic look at everyone involved in an emotionally trying situation, and in maintaining drama and tension for the entire running time. Ida Lupino does a good job both in acting and in directing, playing one of the key characters while telling the story in a careful fashion that does not oversimplify the issues involved.

As the three main characters, Lupino, Edmond O'Brien, and Joan Fontaine all give believable and effective performances. All of them make their share of mistakes, and yet all three characters are worth caring for, and their mistakes are understandable ones. The double-life situation and its consequences for all concerned is set up so as to go against some of the usual preconceptions. O'Brien's character is lonely, but by no means ill-intentioned, and the situation is sad, never sordid.

The tone is somber almost from the beginning, and except for a couple of amusing references to Edmund Gwenn's earlier role in "Miracle on 34th Street", there are few or no moments of humor to break the tension. Thus you can feel the unending sense of foreboding that O'Brien's character feels in regard to the complications he has caused.

Lupino and the script also manage to provide an honest look at the situation with few hindrances from the strict production code of the era. Only at a couple of odd moments can you tell that they had to shift gears slightly so as to placate the censors. Although the movie is low-key and straightforward, it's a commendable effort, and it makes for good drama.

Reviewed by whpratt1 7 /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 6 /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.

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