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A Double Life (1947) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by George Cukor and produced by Michael Kanin.


In what many considered (at the time of its release) the role of Coleman'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 the opposite one's wife. This is a sharp, lovingly observed look at the acting life presented by a team that knows whereof it speaks: writers Kanin and Gordon and director Cukor.

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Academy Awards 1947 --- Ceremony Number 20 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorRonald ColmanWon
Best DirectorGeorge CukorNominated
Best Music - ScoringDr. Miklos RozsaWon
Best WritingRuth Gordon, Garson KaninNominated

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Today?s Noirvember post shines the spotlight on the luckless Pat Kroll in A Double Life (1947). WHAT?S A DOUBLE LIFE ABOUT? Anthony John (Ronald Colman) is a talented but extremely intense stage performer with a tendency to completely lose himself in his roles. When he?s offered the part of Othello,... Read full article

Ronald Colman has trouble with reality in “A Double Life”

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Anthony John: How's the chicken cacciatore?
Pat Kroll: It's your stomach.

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In movie, Anthony John stars in a Broadway production of "Othello" that plays more than 300 performances and runs over a year. In reality, no production of a William Shakespeare play has chalked up anywhere near that many performances on Broadway; at best, most are lucky to run several months, like Richard Burton's four-month stint in a 1964 production of "Hamlet", which undoubtedly owed much of its success to his then-notorious relationship with Elizabeth Taylor.
Paddy Chayefsky, who later became a highly successful author and playwright ("Marty"), can be seen as an uncredited photographer at the death scene. According to Shelley Winters, Chayefsky needed the money to go to New York and get married.
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.
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