The Bigamist 1953 PG

1.00PM Sun 18 Nov 2018 (1hr 20mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

‘The first Hollywood sound feature wherein its female star directed herself, The Bigamist also marks another in Ida Lupino’s string of filmmaking efforts to squarely confront pressing, taboo social topics. This dramatic, haunting noir uniquely centers on fragile family man and traveling salesman Harry (Edmond O’Brien) torn between his matrimonial devotions to two women: the business-minded but barren San Francisco-based Eve (Joan Fontaine) and his independent, grounded (and fertile) Angelino, Phyllis (Lupino).  Caught in his lies by an adoption agent, Harry’s tangled romantic yarn is spun in a series flashbacks.  RKO was originally attached, but producers Collier Young and Lupino instead opted to self-distribute when they recognized the measly profits that were barely returning to their pockets.’ – UCLA Film & Television Archive

CREDITS

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 80 MINUTES, UNITED STATES, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: IDA LUPINO / PRODUCER: COLLIER YOUNG / SCRIPT: COLLIER YOUNG, LOU SCHOR, LAWRENCE B MARCUS / CINEMATOGRAPHER: GEORGE E DISKANT / CAST: IDA LUPINO, JOAN FONTAINE, EDMUND GWENN, EDMOND O’BRIEN / PRODUCTION COMPANY: THE FILMMAKERS / RIGHTS: PARAMOUNT / PRINT SOURCE: UCLA FILM & TELEVISION ARCHIVE / SCREENING FORMAT: RESTORED 35MM