Universal Pictures presents "A DOUBLE LIFE" (1948) (104 min/B&W) -- Starring: Ronald Colman, Signe Hasso, Edmond O'Brien & Shelley Winters
Directed by George Cukor
Anthony John (Ronald Colman) is an actor whose life is strongly influenced by the characters he plays. When he's playing comedy, he's the most enjoyable person in the world, but when he's playing drama, it's terrible to be around him. That's the reason why his wife Brita (Signe Hasso) divorced him; although she still loves him and works with him, she couldn't stand living with him anymore. So when Anthony accepts to play Othello, he devotes himself entirely to the part, but it soon overwhelms him and with each day his mind gets filled more and more with Othello's murderous jealousy.
Won Oscars for Best Actor (Ronald Colman) and for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Miklós Rózsa)
Nominated Oscar for Best Director (George Cukor) and Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin)
Not to be overlooked is Milton Krasner's atmospheric cinematography.
Special footnotes: -- In the film, Ronald Colman plays a fictional actor who stars in the longest-running "Othello" in history. In real life, actor Paul Robeson, who had just become the first black actor to star in an otherwise white production of "Othello" on Broadway, had just completed the longest run of the play.
The role of Anthony John was originally written for Laurence Olivier. Olivier was unavailable when the film finally went into production.
1. Frank Lloyd (Director)
Date of Birth: 2 February 1886 - Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Date of Death: 10 August 1960 - Santa Monica, California
2. Ronald Colman [aka: Ronald Charles Colman]
Date of Birth: 9 February 1891 - Richmond, Surrey, England, UK
Date of Death: 19 May 1958 - Santa Barbara, California
3. Signe Hasso [aka: Signe Eleonora Cecilia Larsson]
Date of Birth: 15 August 1910 - Stockholm, Sweden
Date of Death: 7 June 2002 - Los Angeles, California
4. Edmond O'Brien [aka: Redmond O'Brien]
Date of Birth: 10 September 1915 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 9 May 1985 - Inglewood, California
5. Shelley Winters [aka: Shirley Schrift]
Date of Birth: 18 August 1920 - St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Death: 14 January 2006 - Beverly Hills, California
6. Miklós Rózsa
Date of Birth: 18 April 1907 - Budapest, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary)
Date of Death: 27 July 1995 - Los Angeles, California
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 104 min on DVD ~ Universal Pictures ~ (July 22, 2003)