The theme for this month is Seeing Double. I am going to be reviewing films in which the same actor plays at least two parts.
Actors took on extra roles for various reasons: to demonstrate their acting virtuosity, to break type casting, to connect a child’s story to their parent’s, to produce comedy and just because they could!
Not everyone was happy with this trend. Here is a letter to the editor of Photoplay magazine complaining about these types of films.
I will be posting some reviews soon (I am am technically still on vacation) but I will share some double roles in films I have already reviewed:
Son of the Sheik (Rudolph Valentino plays father and son)
Don Juan (John Barrymore plays father and son)
The Beloved Rogue (John Barrymore plays father and son)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (John Barrymore plays… you know)
Show People (Marion Davies plays a character and then cameos as herself)
The Forbidden City (Norma Talmadge plays mother and daughter)
The Prisoner of Zenda (Lewis Stone plays a king and his commoner doppelganger)
Review #1: Mr. Chaplin and Mr. Chaplin’s night out
Charlie Chaplin takes on the parts of two rowdy theater-goers: A plush lush and a rowdy boozer.
Review #2: I’m my own mom
Vilma Banky plays both mother and daughter in the desert-set tale. Ronald Colman and a very young Gary Cooper co-star.
Review #3: Busters, Busters everywhere!
Buster Keaton takes on dozens of roles in this famous comedy about life backstage.
Review #4: A Thousand Lupinos!
Lupino Lane plays every single part in this uproarious comedy short from the very end of the silent era.