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A Double Life (1947, George Cukor)

TitleA Double Life
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorGeorge Cukor
MediumBlack & white video
Length1 hrs, 43 mins
Audiencecollege and university
general public
Play ConnectionsOthello (derivative)


A spinoff from Othello in which an actor who plays the role of Othello on stage begins to confuse the events in the play with his off-stage life. This interesting exercise in "metatheatricality," or the interplay between reality and illusion, was scripted by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin and directed by George Cukor. With those kinds of talents, little wonder that Ronald Colman won the 1947 Academy Award as best actor

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

Dr. StaufferWhit Bissell
CastBetsy Blair
CastDavid Bond
Oscar BernardHarlan Briggs
CastGeorgia Caine
WaitressClaire Carleton
PhotographerPaddy Chayevsky
Victor DonlanRay Collins
Anthony JohnRonald Colman
Stage ManagerJohn Drew Colt
ReporterCurt Conway
CastLeslie Denison
GladysELizabeth Dunne
RexAlan Edmiston
CastArthur Gould-Porter
Dr. MervinWilton Graff
BritaSigne Hasso
CastBoyd Irwin
CastFay Kanin
StelliniCharles La Torre
Max LaskerPhilip Loeb
Al CooleyMillard Mitchell
Bill FriendEdmond O'Brien
CastVirginia Patton
CastGuy Bates Post
CastElliott Reed
CastThayer Roberts
Ray BonnerJoe Sawyer
CastArt Smith
Asst. Stage ManagerPeter Thompson
WigmakersSid Tomack
CastPercival Vivian
CastJanet Warren
Pat KrollShelley Winters
Girls In Wig ShopMarjory Woodworth
CastFrederick Worlock
CastMary Young

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorGeorge Cukor
DirectorFrank Shaw
ProducerMichael Kanin
EditorRobert Parrish
ComposerMiklas Rozsa
ScreenplayRuth Gordon
ScreenplayGarson Kanin
CostumesTravis Banton
HairCarmen Dirigo
MakeupBud Westmore
CostumesYvonne Wood
SoundJoe Lopes
Special PhotographyDavid S. Horsley
PhotographyMilton Krasner
ProductionHarvey Gillett
AdviserWalter Hampden
ProductionBernard Herzbrun
ProductionHarry Horner
Production AssistantJack Murton
Production AssistantGeorge Yohalem
SetJohn Austin
SetRussel A. Gausman
OtherLeslie Carey

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell