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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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Terrific...and a lot like "Dave".
13 March 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

John Evans (Brian Aherne) is shocked to meet his exact double, the rich man Malcolm Scott (also Aherne). However, after Scott is killed, everyone thinks Evans is this rich guy...including Scott's wife (Kay Francis). However, John likes the wife and after a while realizes it might not be so bad to BE Malcolm. But can he manage to right the screwed up life that Malcolm left him? And, just how much of a bad guy was Malcolm and what sort of dirty work was he doing??

If this sounds a lot like the 1993 film "Dave", well then you, too, see pretty much what the movie is like. This isn't to say that "Dave" is a copy or remake...more a reworking. And, as such both are much more than comedies and have a lot of nice romantic elements.

It's rather interesting that the film co-stars Kay Francis, as this once HUGE Hollywood star's career was in decline...yet she was given such a dandy script. Overall, it's a lovely film...one of Aherne's and Francis' best....with excellent acting, direction and more.Pretty much the film "Dave".


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