Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1953. The Filmakers. Story by Lawrence B. Marcus, Lou Schor, Screenplay by Collier Young. Cinematography by George E. Diskant. Produced by Collier Young. Music by Leith Stevens. Production Design by James W. Sullivan. Film Editing by Stanford Tischler.
Joan Fontaine is happily married to Edmond O’Brien and they have no problems save one: they can’t conceive a child. When he goes off on a business trip, he meets Ida Lupino (who also directed this independently produced film) and starts an affair with her. Not telling her he is already married to Fontaine, he marries Lupino and they have a child. Now the cad is going back and forth between wives until finally the game is up and he finds himself in court for committing bigamy. Though the story sounds lurid, it’s actually a well-acted character piece that requests sympathy for all involved and doesn’t sensationalize its subjects.