Movie Diary 10/19/2021

The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Deardon, 1970). The man is played by Roger Moore, so – when our protagonist finds that a doppelganger is inexplicably showing up and logging time as himself – the main character is fairly bland as his original self, but rather enjoyably naughty when intruding. There’s one magnificent Moore raised eyebrow that crawls its way across the actor’s face at an especially randy moment. It’s based on a novel, The Strange Case of Mr. Pelham, that was also turned into an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and it feels like something that would fit an hour-long running time better than a repetitive feature-length film. If you seek 1969-era fashion, you are in the right place. Moore makes a James Bond joke at one point.

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