An opportunity to buy a
brand-new PAL (Region 2) DVD of one of the
great films directed by Ida Lupino in the early 1950s:
The Bigamist, 1953, starring Joan
Fontaine, Ida Lupino and Edmond O’Brien
The social drama was directed by Ida Lupino
Cast: Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn and Edmond O’Brien as “The Bigamist”
Time: approximately 79.5 minutes
source material is excellent – both picture and sound.
brand-new DVD disc will be created
from this source material (without any
artwork), and will be supplied in a clear plastic wallet, NOT in a DVD case.
that the pictures attached are for illustrative purposes only, and are
therefore NOT included or offered with this listing.
NOTE for American, Canadian and other non-Region 2 buyers:
will need a multi-region DVD
player to play this disc, or you can view it using one of your computer DVD play-back programmes.
Produced by Collier Young, who also wrote the screen play from a story
by Larry Marcus and Lou Schor
Synopsis: Eve and Harry
Graham (Joan Fontaine and Edmond O’Brien) are trying to adopt a baby. The head
of the adoption agency (Edmund Gwenn) senses Harry is keeping a secret and does
some investigating. He soon discovers Harry has done an unusual amount of
travelling from his home in San
Francisco to Los
Angeles. Harry gets tracked down in LA where he has a
second wife (Ida Lupino) and a baby. Via flashbacks, Harry tells the adoption
agent how he ended up in two marriages.
all the details of this listing so you know exactly what you are
WHAT WILL I RECEIVE?
Your film will come on a DVD-R disc in a plastic DVD
sleeve with no artwork.
The title of the film will be written on this
sleeve for your convenience.
Region 2 - PAL
Note: This DVD
does not contain any menus.
film is now in the PUBLIC DOMAIN.
U. S. copyright registration date: 24 November 1953
U.S. copyright number: LP5608
claimant: Filmakers Productions, Inc.
1981, the copyright claimant, Filmakers Productions, Inc., failed to renew its
copyright registration in the 28th year after publication - that is in the 28th
year after the film’s first release.
when a copyright expires or is not properly renewed, that work then falls into
the public domain and can be freely reproduced, distributed, and displayed.
this film entered the public domain on the 1st January 1982.
copyright information is taken from “Film Superlist: Motion Pictures in the
U.S. Public Domain”, which is a series of reference books created by U.S.
attorney Walter Hurst about the copyright status of American films. This information was extracted from the legal
records of the U.S. Copyright Office, to which all films must be registered for
copyright protection. Under United States copyright law, films registered prior
to 1964 required renewal during the 28th year following registration in order
to continue copyright protection in the U.S.
Ida Lupino started directing films in 1949, which came about
unexpectedly when Elmer Clifton suffered a mild heart attack and could not
finish Not Wanted, the film he was directing for Filmakers. Lupino
stepped in to finish the film and went on to direct her own projects, becoming Hollywood’s only female
film director of that time. She
specialised in making “woman’s” films about social issues – Never
Fear (1949), about a dancer who finds herself having to deal with
polio; Outrage (1950) about a woman who is raped; Hard,
Fast and Beautiful (1951) about a tennis prodigy who is torn between
fulfilling the dreams of her ambitious mother Millie and her own dreams of
being with the man she loves, and The Bigamist (1953, above). Later that year, she directed the excellent
“film-noir” crime drama, The Hitch-Hiker.