A Double Life


Time Out says

The first of Cukor's string of fruitful collaborations with screenwriters Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, a curious melodrama about a Broadway matinée idol who so loses himself in his role as Othello that he carries it over, murderously, into a backstreet affair with a waitress. The theatre scenes are so brilliantly observed, so rich in the sort of affectionate detail that made The Actress a small masterpiece, that the film seems to grind gears uncomfortably when venturing into the grey and shabby B movie world of the murder. All the more so in that it then returns to its happier idiom for a grand finale of on-stage retribution. Flawed, undoubtedly, but fascinating.


Release details

104 mins

Cast and crew

George Cukor
Garson Kanin, Ruth Gordon
Ronald Colman
Signe Hasso
Edmond O'Brien
Shelley Winters
Ray Collins
Millard Mitchell