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Directed by Ida Lupino

United States 1953 80 mins. In English

A mid-American-Dream film about secret polygamy, The Bigamist is one of the classic noir cycle’s most overtly homebound films. Harry (Edmund O’Brien), a traveling freezer salesman, keeps two separate families—one in San Francisco and one in Los Angeles. His two wives, Eve (Joan Fontaine) and Phyllis (Ida Lupino), know nothing of each other, but when Eve wants to adopt a child, the authorities begin looking into Harry’s history. They find much more than they bargained for, which arouses Eve’s and Phyllis’s suspicions. Dripping with pathos and melancholy, “The Bigamist, remarkably complex and deeply sympathetic to all three of its protagonists, is a hybrid of genres—call it a melo-noir.”—Melissa Anderson, 4Columns. “One of Lupino’s out of nowhere masterpieces.”—Chris Fujiwara. New 4k digital restoration!

Genres: Film Noir

Appears in: Three By Ida Lupino

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