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About The Bigamist

Rating:
Not rated
Year Released:
1953
Format:
35mm
Genres:
Drama
Metadata:

Harry Graham (Edmond O’Brien) is a San Francisco businessman in the process of adopting a child with his wife and business partner, Eve (Joan Fontaine). In vetting the couple, the adoption agency’s private investigator discovers Harry has another wife, Phyllis (Ida Lupino), with whom he already has a child. When confronted, Harry confesses, detailing through flashbacks how he met Phyllis on a business trip during a strained period in his marriage with Eve. The Bigamist was the final feature film Lupino helmed as director for The Filmakers, the independent production company she co-founded with her by-then ex-husband Collier Young. In a remarkable twist, Lupino’s co-star (and good friend) Fontaine was married at the time to Young, creating an interesting mirroring effect for the production. Preservation print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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