George Cukor's perfectly mannered direction confidently guides this brooding and cynical film noir that is considered by many the highlight of actor Ronald Colman's career. A DOUBLE LIFE explores the dangers of blurring the line between reality and illusion in this examination of the schizoid personality of a talented stage actor who begins to confuse his role with his life. Colman gives a magnificent, mesmerizing performance as veteran thespian Anthony John, who begins to mentally derail during a run of OTHELLO. John's courtly manners and reputation have a winning charm that endear him to both audiences and women, including his ex-wife, Brita (Signe Hasso), who acts opposite him in the play, and Pat (Shelley Winters), a young, sexy waitress. However, the charming actor, like his stage character, appears capable of violent behavior. Colman's performance earned him an Academy Award as well as applause from critics and viewers. A DOUBLE LIFE was the first among many successful collaborations between Cukor and the screenwriting team of Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin.
Academy Awards Best Actor 1947 Ronald Colman British Actor
Academy Awards Best Original Score 1947 Miklos Rozsa Hollywood Composer, THIEF OF BAGDAD (1940), BEN-HUR (1959)