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A NY magazine editor sends a job offer to an Iowa photographer, and is surprised to find out that Pat is a Patricia instead of a Patrick. He falls for Pat. But Pat is still in love with Ben, who has followed her to NY.

Double Exposure is a 1944 in film American crime film comedy film directed by William Berke, and starring Chester Morris and Nancy Kelly.

Plot summary

Pat Marvin (Nancy Kelly) is a small town photographer from Iowa Falls, Iowa who gets a job offer in New York City for a magazine. She was hired due to a misunderstanding from the magazine's publisher, and sports fanatic James R. Tarlock (Richard Gaines) that she was a man. Larry Burke (Chester Morris), the magazine's editor, is thrilled that his new co-worker is a female, and takes an immediate interest in her. Pat's boyfriend Ben Scribner (Phillip Terry) is less enthusiastic about the girl who he is intending on marrying, leaving him for a job in the big city, and goes as far as following her to make sure that she is not unfaithful to him. Pat, meanwhile, quickly impresses Larry by providing him photographs of Dolores Tucker (Jane Farrar), as she is lying on the ground in a restaurant's toilet after a failed suicide attempt. The publishing of the photo unleashes some controversy, because Dolores is the estranged wife of millionaire Sonny Tucker (Charles Arnt). To deliver him a successful follow-up, Pat travels to Sonny's apartment to photograph him, and disguises herself as a chorus girl to seek entrance. Inside, she quickly flatters him, enabling herself to take as many photos as she wants. Dolores walks in minutes later, and grows convinced that Pat is Sonny's mistress.
A more important theme of the film includes the love triangle between Larry and Ben that Pat becomes involved with. Fearing that her boss will lose interest in her when he finds out that she is engaged to another man, Pat introduces Ben to him as her own brother. Ben reluctantly goes along with the scheme, though troubles her by constantly interfering whenever she is talking to Larry. Larry finally finds out about their relationship, and in anger sends Ben on a new task, that (without him knowing) brings him to Russia. Pat, meanwhile, is imprisoned after setting up a fake crime, which she created for the magazine. Dolores, by this time, is found murdered, and both Pat and Larry work together to reveal that she was killed by Sonny. Through the process, they fall in love with each other, and they are free to be together after finding out that Ben married another woman while in Russia.


  • Chester Morris as Larry Burke
  • Nancy Kelly as Patricia 'Pat' Marvin
  • Phillip Terry as Ben Scribner
  • Jane Farrar as Dolores Tucker
  • Richard Gaines as James R. Tarlock
  • Charles Arnt as Sonny Tucker
  • Claire Rochelle as Smitty
  • Roma Aldrich as Mavis


Category:1944 films
Category:American films
Category:English-language films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:1940s crime films
Category:1940s comedy films
Category:Films directed by William A. Berke
Category:Films set in New York City
Category:1940s drama films

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