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The Bigamist (December 3, 1953)

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Edmond O'Brien and Joan Fontaine in The Bigamist
 

Released on December 3, 1953: A man has two wives and two families in two different towns. Watch for the Hollywood tour bus . . . when the driver points out the homes of Jack Benny and Jimmy Stewart, he is pointing to their real 1953 homes on Roxbury drive.

Produced by Collier Young

Directed by Ida Lupino

The Actors: Joan Fontaine (Eve Graham), Ida Lupino (Phyllis Martin), Edmund Gwenn (Mr. Jordan), Edmond O'Brien (Harry Graham), Kenneth Tobey (Tom Morgan the defense attorney), Jane Darwell (Mrs. Connelly, cleaning lady), Peggy Maley (Harry's L.A. secretary), Lilian Fontaine (Mrs. Higgins the landlady - Joan Fontaine's mother), Matt Dennis (himself, pianist and singer), John Maxwell (the Judge), Ralph Brooks (courtroom spectator), John Brown (Dr. Wallace), Jack Chefe (waiter), Kem Dibbs (tour bus driver), Ken Drake (court clerk), Bess Flowers (Hollywood tour bus passenger), Jerry Hausner (Roy Esterly), Donald Kerr (Hollywood tour bus pitchman), Mike Lally (courtroom spectator), George Lee (Sam the Chinese head waiter), Mac McKim (Ricky the boy on the street), James Todd (Carl Forbes), Mack Williams (Prosecuting attorney), Collier Young (Canton Cafe barfly), James Young (Graham's former boss)

 

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The Traveling Salesman and the Farmer’s Daughter

Lilian Augusta Ruse was born in Berkshire England in 1886, and in 1914 she married Walter Augustus de Havilland. In 1916 they had a baby girl that they named Olivia Mary de Havilland, who would grow up to be an Oscar winning actor. In 1917 they had another baby girl that they named Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland who would also grow up to be an Oscar winning actor.

These two iconic actors would nurture a lifelong hatred of each other and work very diligently to never be seen together, or even talk to each other. In 1925, mother Lilian divorced Walter de Havilland and married George Milan Fontaine. Older sister Joan would adopt her step-father’s name and become Joan Fontaine, but younger sister Olivia would keep the name Olivia de Havilland.

Why do I tell you about mother Lilian today? Because she has a bit part in this story that stars her daughter Joan Fontaine. Well past halfway into this story, leading man Edmond O’Brien visits his pregnant girlfriend in her rooming house, and the landlady who answers the door is Lilian Fontaine, the mother of not one, but two Oscar winning legendary actors. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Edmond O'Brien and Joan Fontaine
Edmond O'Brien and Joan Fontaine
Ida Lupino and Edmond O'Brien
Ida Lupino and Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien and John Brown
Edmond O'Brien and John Brown
Edmond O'Brien and Lilian Fontaine
Edmond O'Brien and Lilian Fontaine
Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
George Lee
George Lee
Ida Lupino
Ida Lupino
Ida Lupino, Edmond O'Brien and Kem Dibbs
Ida Lupino, Edmond O'Brien and Kem Dibbs
Ida Lupino
Ida Lupino
James Todd and Joan Fontaine
James Todd and Joan Fontaine
Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell and Edmund Gwenn
Jane Darwell and Edmund Gwenn
Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell
Jerry Hausner and Edmund Gwenn
Jerry Hausner and Edmund Gwenn
Peggy Maley
Peggy Maley
Jerry Hausner
Jerry Hausner
Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
John Brown
John Brown
John Maxwell
John Maxwell
John Maxwell
John Maxwell
Kenneth Tobey
Kenneth Tobey
Lilian Fontaine
Lilian Fontaine
Mac McKim
Mac McKim
Matt Dennis
Matt Dennis