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The Man Who Lived Twice (1936)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 25 September 1936 (USA)
A criminal has plastic surgery done to change his identity. However, during the operation, he loses his memory; when he comes to after the surgery, he has a change of heart and decides to ... See full summary »


Harry Lachman


Tom Van Dycke (story), Henry Altimus (story) | 3 more credits »


Cast overview:
Ralph Bellamy ... 'Slick' Rawley aka Dr. James Blake
Marian Marsh ... Janet Haydon
Thurston Hall ... Dr. Clifford L. Schuyler
Isabel Jewell ... Peggy Russell
Nana Bryant ... Margaret Schuyler
Ward Bond ... John 'Gloves' Baker
Henry Kolker ... Judge Henry Treacher
Willard Robertson ... Police Insp. Logan
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A criminal has plastic surgery done to change his identity. However, during the operation, he loses his memory; when he comes to after the surgery, he has a change of heart and decides to help people by becoming a doctor. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


DEAD...BUT THE LAW WANTS TO KILL HIM! (original lobby card-all caps) See more »


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Part of the Son of Shock package of 20 titles released to television in 1958, which followed the original Shock Theater release of 52 features one year earlier. This was also one of the 11 Columbia titles, the other 61 all being Universals. See more »


Remade as Man in the Dark (1953) See more »

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A Film That Never Really Goes Anywhere
6 June 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Man Who Lived Twice (1936)

** (out of 4)

Fair mix of horror and crime has Ralph Bellamy playing 'Slick' Rawley, a notorious killer who hears about a doctor (Thurston Hall) who is performing brain operations, which is curing evil people of their bad deeds. After the operation Slick also has a face lift but the big key is that he's forgotten his past. With only the future ahead of him he decides to learn medicine and everything starts to go right until his past starts to catch up with him. THE MAN WHO LIVED TWICE has a pretty interesting set-up but sadly the film never really comes together for a number of reasons. I think the film's biggest flaw is the fact that it really doesn't know what type of movie it wants to be. The horror elements are so small that it's really hard to lump it into the genre even with the operation stuff. The crime elements really aren't explored either outside of the opening when we get to see what type of person Slick is. The rest of the film has a love story that really doesn't go anywhere and in fact I'd say that the majority of the running time is all about nothing. I'm not going to ruin the final ten-minutes of the movie but they're rather laughable and especially the way the conclusion plays out. The one thing working for the film are the performances and Bellamy leads the way in a nice turn. I thought he did a very good job as both the good doctor and the evil crime boss. Marian Marsh and Isabel Jewel are good as the love interests and Ward Bond nearly steals the picture as the assistant to Slick. There's really not too much atmosphere and even at 73-minutes the film drags a bit. THE MAN WHO LIVED TWICE isn't a horrible film but at the same time it's not really a good one either.

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Release Date:

25 September 1936 (USA) See more »

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L'homme qui vécut deux fois See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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