The Bigamist (1953)

The Bigamist
Director: Ida Lupino
Writer: Collier Young
Cast: Edmond O’Brien, Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn, Kenneth Tobey
Seen on: 15.12.2017
[You can watch it here.]

Harry (Edmond O’Brien) and Eve Graham (Joan Fontaine) are trying to adopt a child. But the vetting of the adoption agency leads their contact person there, Mr Jordan (Edmund Gwenn) to discover Harry’s big secret: he has a second wife, Phyllis (Ida Lupino) with whom he has a child. Being found out, Harry opens up to Mr Jordan and has to face the consequences of his bigamy.

The Bigamist must have been quite a scandal when the film came out with that subject matter (and directed by a woman no less). From todays point-of-view it may seem a little dusty, but it’s still well-told and interesting.

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