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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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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 (10) | Top Critics (1)

[A] glossy yet granular melodrama about the stresses and deceptions of marriage, work, and romance.

April 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Lupino takes a down-to-earth look at the ethics of marriage and the moral dilemmas of bigamy, but while his melodrama has interesting moments, I have a feeling that it lacks dramatic punch. [Full review in Spanish]

November 10, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

...a lackadaisical drama...

December 17, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Lupino's treatment of an adulterous husband is so even-handed, so sympathetic, you don't just feel for him; you understand him.

October 23, 2019 | Full Review…

While viewers' reactions will likely vary greatly, Lupino refuses to take sides, and the result is a film that exists in a surprising moral gray area rarely seen in 1953.

October 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

July 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bigamist


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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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