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A Double Life

A Double Life
Theatrical release poster
Directed by George Cukor
Produced by Michael Kanin
Written by Ruth Gordon
Garson Kanin
Starring Ronald Colman
Signe Hasso
Edmond O'Brien
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Cinematography Milton R. Krasner
Edited by Robert Parrish
Distributed by Universal International Pictures
Release dates
  • December 25, 1947 (1947-12-25) (United States)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Double Life is a 1947 Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin.[1]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Background 3
    • Noir analysis 3.1
  • Reception 4
    • Critical response 4.1
    • Accolades 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Celebrated stage actor Anthony John (Ronald Colman) has driven away his actress wife Brita (Signe Hasso) with his erratic temper. However, they star together in the play Othello. Gradually, his portrayal of a jealous murderer undermines his sanity, and he kills his mistress, Pat Kroll (Shelley Winters).



Noir analysis

Julie Kirgo wrote that A Double Life is truly a picture of opposing forces, mirror images and deadly doubles: "Anthony John is at war with Othello, the elegant world of the theater is opposed to the squalid existence of Shelley Winters' Pat Kroll, and illusion versus reality are all conveyed in opposing lights and darks of Krasner's luminous photography."[2]


Critical response

When the film was released film critic [3]

Critic Jerry Renshaw wrote, "A Double Life is an unusually intelligent, literate noir that is a classy departure from the pulpy "B" atmospherics often associated with the genre. Keep an eye out for Paddy Chayefsky and John Derek in minuscule bit parts."[4]


Academy Awards

Golden Globes


  1. ^ A Double Life at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Silver, Alain, and Elizabeth Ward, eds. Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style, film noir analysis by Julie Kirgo, page 95, 3rd edition, 1992. Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press. ISBN 0-87951-479-5.
  3. ^ Crowther, Bosley. The New York Times, film review, February 20, 1948. Last accessed: March 29, 2008.
  4. ^ Renshaw, John. Austin Chronicle, film review, February 23, 1999. Last accessed: March 29, 2008.

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