The Man with Two Lives


1h 7m 1942

Brief Synopsis

Phillip Bennett (Edward Norris) and Louise Hammond (Eleanor Lawson), engaged to be married, are returning from her home after the engagement party, and Phillip is apparently killed in an automobile accident. Dr. Clarke (Edward Keane) is called and asked to bring Phillip back to life as he has been able to do so on animals. Panino, a vicious criminal, is to be electrocuted that same night at midnight. Dr. Clarke performs his operation a few minutes before this, and as Panino dies his soul enters Phillip's body, and he lives. Phillip is brought home but seems to have amnesia, as he does not recognize any one. He goes instinctively for Panino's haunts, and gradually assumes leadership of the gang and its business. Hobart Bennet (Frederick Burton), Phillip's father, becomes worried because of his newly-developed attitude and continued absence from home. A crime wave and gang-war breaks out in the city, with many killings. Mr. Bennett and Dr. Clarke go to the gang's hideout, and both are recognized by other gangsters. They question the men regarding Phillip's connection with the gangsters, and tell them that Phillip is Bennett's son. Phillip/Panino learns of this and murders the members of the gang who have found out his identity, but doesn't know that a brother of one of the slain men also knows the secret. The brother tips the police about a robbery Phillip has planned but he escapes the trap and returns home. He kills a detective that has followed him, but is in turn killed by Dr. Clarke.

Film Details

Also Known As
Shed No Tears
Release Date
Mar 13, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,891ft

Synopsis

At a party to announce the engagement of Philip Bennett to Louise Hammond, Dr. Clark discusses with psychology professor Toller his efforts to revive the dead. Toller insists that more than physical being is involved in life and that the real task of a doctor is to ease the pain of the living. Later, Clark mentions the coming execution of Al Panino, and they debate whether a revived man would necessarily return to his old way of life. When Phil is later killed in a car crash while driving home, his father Hobart begs Clark to revive his son. Despite the arguments raised by Toller, Clark agrees to try. Just at midnight, as Panino is being executed in prison, Phil is revived, but remembers nothing. After Clark suggests that Toller try to help Phil recall the past, Phil angrily orders Toller out of his room. During the coming days, everyone is shocked by the change in Phil's personality. One day, Phil leaves the house alone and takes a taxi to the poor side of town. He spots a woman in a bar and sits with her. She is Panino's former fiancée, Helen Lengel, and she admits that although she does not know Phil, she is strangely drawn to him. Later, Phil goes upstairs to the room where the Panino gang is meeting. After correctly giving the signal to enter, he announces his intent to take over the gang and kills the interim leader, Mitch Larsen. Little by little, Phil steps into Panino's shoes. Meanwhile, Phil's family is mystified by his behavior. After Hobart and Clark follow Phil to the bar, one of the gang learns Phil's identity. Then, when Helen reveals that she knows who he is, Phil strangles her. Toller tells the Bennetts that he believes Phil has Panino's soul. One of the gang then gives Phil's name to the police and discloses that the gang is planning a warehouse robbery that night and the police will be able to catch Phil red-handed. That night, however, Phil escapes during a shootout at the warehouse. Shortly after he returns home, the police arrive and Phil coolly announces that he has been there all night. Realizing that the policeman still suspects him, Phil shoots, but Clark grabs the policeman's gun and shoots Phil. Phil then wakes up, and the entire episode is revealed to have been a dream he had while in a coma after the car accident.

Film Details

Also Known As
Shed No Tears
Release Date
Mar 13, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,891ft

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Notes

The working titles of this film were Shed No Tears and The Man With Too Many Faces. Actress Marlo Dwyer formerly acted under the name Wilma Francis; some contemporary sources list her under the earlier name.