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Double Life, A (Universal 1947, Ronald Colman, Shelley Winters)

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In what many considered (at the time of its release) the role of Ronald Colman’s career, the matinee idol gets to play both a veteran stage actor and perform great scenes from Othello. Colman falls victim to the actors’ malady of mixing roles with reality, a particularly dangerous affliction when playing the jealous Moor and also when playing opposite one’s wife. This is a sharp, lovingly observed look at the acting life presented by a team that knows whereof it speaks: husband and wife writers Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon and director George Cukor.

Shelley Winters broke through as a movie star in A Double Life, after several years of inconsequential roles. Four years later, she was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in A Place in the Sun (1951).

production details
USA | Universal | 104 minutes | 1947

Director: George Cukor
Producer: Michael Kanin
Cinematography: Milton Krasner
Editor: Robert Parrish
Music: Miklos Rozsa
Script: Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin
Production Design: Harry Horner
Art Direction: Bernard Herzbrun

cast
Shelley Winters as Pat Kroll
Millard Mitchell as Al Cooley
Ronald Colman as Anthony John
Joe Sawyer as Pete Bonner
Betsy Blair as Girl in Wig Shop
Ray Collins as Victor Donlan
Harlan Briggs as Oscar Bernard
Janet Warren as Girl in Wig Shop
Signe Hasso as Brita
Edmond O’Brien as Bill Friend
Philip Loeb as Max Lasker
Charles La Torre as Stellini
Whit Bissell as Dr. Stauffer
John Drew Colt as Stage Manager
Peter M. Thompson as Asst. Stage Manager
Elizabeth Dunn as Gladys
Alan Edmiston as Rex
Art Smith as Wigmaker
Sid Tomack as Wigmaker
Wilton Graff as Dr. Mervin
Claire Carleton as Waitress
Marjorie Woodworth as Girl in Wig Shop (as Marjory Woodworth)

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