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'Lies He Told' true story of James 'Doug' Pou

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"Lies He Told" is a movie based on the true story of Air Force deserter and bigamist James Pou aka James Douglas Pou. The movie premiered on ABC in March 1997 as a made-for-television movie of the week, according to the New York Times. It is directed by Larry Elikann and written by Jacqueline Feather and David Seidler.

The real names were changed to disguise the identity of the real people, according to the Movies Based On True Stories Archives/Database.

"Lies He Told" synopsis/plot
When military officer Dave Bay becomes bored with his wife and his career in the Air Force, he fakes his own death to start life with a new woman. There are only two problems: he hasn't divorced his first wife and he has no money.

The bigamist and Air Force deserter is forced to live a life on the run robbing banks as his mother hunts him down to find out the truth. When his double life is exposed, his wives are in for the shock of their lives.

According to the Movies Based On True Stories Archives, "Lies He Told" is based on James 'Doug' Pou, a once-respected Air Force hero who deserted the military and his former life by faking his death in order to marry another woman.

You can watch "Lies He Told" on Lifetime.

You can find out more details about the James Doug Pou here.