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The Man Who Lost Himself (1941)

John Evans encounters his lookalike, Malcolm Scott. When Scott is killed in an accident, Evans finds himself mistaken for Scott and decides to do some good in his new role.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Aherne ... John Evans / Malcolm Scott
Kay Francis ... Adrienne Scott
Henry Stephenson ... Frederick Collins
S.Z. Sakall ... Paul
Nils Asther ... Peter Ransome
Sig Ruman ... Dr. Simms (as Sig Rumann)
Dorothy Tree ... Mrs. Van Avery
Janet Beecher ... Mrs. Milford
Marc Lawrence ... Frank DeSoto
Henry Kolker ... Mulhausen
Sarah Padden ... Maid
Eden Gray Eden Gray ... Venetia Scott
Selmer Jackson ... Mr. Green
William Gould ... Mr. Ryan
Russell Hicks ... Mr. Van der Girt
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John Evans encounters his lookalike, Malcolm Scott. When Scott is killed in an accident, Evans finds himself mistaken for Scott and decides to do some good in his new role. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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They Looked Alike... But Didn't Make Love Alike!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dubbelgångaren See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Originally was planned to star Leslie Howard. See more »

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Remake of The Man Who Lost Himself (1920) See more »

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Brian Aherne and Kay Francis
30 April 2016 | by drednmSee all my reviews

This 1941 Universal comedy pairs two attractive stars in a not-so-screwball comedy that tries hard but has some problems. Aherne plays two look-alike men who switch places after drinking in a bar. When he wakes up the next morning he finds he mistaken for a millionaire married to Kay Francis. As he tries to convince people he's not the rich guy, he discovers the millionaire was just out of a nut house and had a shady history of embezzlement, adultery, and forgery. But the more he insists he's not the millionaire, the more everyone is convinced he's still nutty.

So-so but complete copy includes scenes listed as missing in other reviews, but probably don't really help much. The plot is just too far-fetched ends up repeating itself. Aherne and Francis are good together but the script and director (and maybe the editor) deflate the soufflé.

Co-stars include S.Z. Sakall, Nils Asther, Henry Stephenson, Dorothy Tree, Janet Beecher, Henry Kolker, Sarah Padden, Sig Ruman, and Marc Lawrence as a gangster named DeSoto. Billy Benedict has a nice bit as the messenger boy in the elevator. Silent star Charles Ray is supposedly in the cast in an unnamed part.


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