A Double Life

Synopsis: Anthony John 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 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.
Director(s): George Cukor
Production: Universal Studios Home Video
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.
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104 min

things have of working out,

it's even cost me Brita.

Would you like to hear

the story of my life?

He was a good actor,

your old man.

Oh, thank you, Max,

but you and I both know

he died a doorman.

Look, I wish you'd drop in

and see the show tonight.

It's all right,

but it's not bouncing along

the way it used to.

Who's letting down?

All of us except Brita,

of course.

Of course.

She's always wonderful.

There's something

interests me, Tony,

because it's none

of my business.

You and Brita,

you've been divorced now,

how long is it, 2 years?

And 4 months.

All right.

And you're both

still in love, aren't you?


Why don't we marry again?


We love each other

too much for that.

I see.

See you later, friends.

Now, what about

The Othello thing?

Uh, look,

don't count on me

too much for this, Max.

I've got a feeling it

isn't the sort of thing

I ought to do,

great or no.

Think it over.

We'll talk about it later.

All right.

We ought to think

about it, too.


A sensation.

For someone

who's been exposed to it

as much as you have,

it's a wonder you don't

know more about acting.

What is there to know?

It's a talent.

Some got it, some ain't.

No, no.

When you do it

like Tony does,

it's much more.

The way he has

of becoming someone else

every night,

for just a few hours,

so completely...

No, don't tell me

that his whole system

isn't affected by it.

I swear I never

saw such a thing.

Here I bring up

a great proposition,

and everybody's as gloomy

as closing in New Haven.

I don't like trouble.

We'll see.

Yeah, all right.

We'll see.

Hello, Bill.


Victor here?


Right over there.

I just got the proofs

of Brita's new pictures

for the sunday edition.

Fine. Wait till you hear

the next publicity campaign

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Ruth Gordon

Ruth Gordon Jones (October 30, 1896 – August 28, 1985) was an American film, stage, and television actress, as well as a screenwriter and playwright. Gordon began her career performing on Broadway at age nineteen. Known for her nasal voice and distinctive personality, she gained international recognition and critical acclaim for film roles that continued into her seventies and eighties. Her later work included performances in Rosemary's Baby (1968), Harold and Maude (1971), and the Clint Eastwood films Every Which Way but Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980).In addition to her acting career, Gordon wrote numerous plays, film scripts, and books, most notably co-writing the screenplay for the 1949 film Adam's Rib. Gordon won an Academy Award, an Emmy, and two Golden Globe Awards for her acting, as well as receiving three Academy Award nominations for her writing. more…

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