A young woman has two distinct personalities, one of whom is evil and constantly gets her in trouble.



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Complete credited cast:
Henry H. Daniels Jr. ...
Bob Arnold
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Mrs. Ann Ellis
Francis Pierlot ...
Dr. George Wilton
Sharon McManus ...
Small Girl
Gladys Blake ...
Mr. Herkheimer
Eric Russell (as Horace McNally)
Oscar O'Shea ...
Capt. O'Malley
Minor Watson ...
Edward - the Governor
Virginia Brissac ...
Martha - the Governor's Wife


At her engagement party, Joan Ellis, your typical girl next door, acknowledges that the strange voice that she's heard all her life is coming from within herself. Joan's alter ego, a conniving and murderous woman named Karen, is becoming stronger and stronger and is threatening to take over her life. Joan negotiates with Karen. Although they do come to an agreement, Karen reneges on that agreement when the situation suits her. Karen ultimately wants the men in Joan's life, first her fiancé, Bob Arnold, then Eric Russell, a lawyer Joan meets in New York City. Joan does whatever she needs to to get rid of Karen, even if it a threat to her own life. Without knowing for certain what is wrong with Joan, those close to her, including Eric and Dr. Bergson, do whatever they can to save her. Written by Huggo

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SHE LIVED TWO AMAZING LIVES! Darling of Society... Cruel Love-Killer





Release Date:

4 July 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alter Ego  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film made its initial USA telecast in Los Angeles Monday 10 December 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Saturday 16 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); its San Francisco television premiere took place 18 March 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) and its earliest documented telecast in New York City took place 8 August 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Karen: Did you think you could run away? Why don't you let me take over now?
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"Two Divergent Personalities Living in the Same Brain"
25 November 2006 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Average yet enteraining story about a young girl being plagued with a voice inside telling her what to do. The girl breaks down and listens to the voice, moving across country leaving her family and fiancée behind to make a new start. The film then has a new man come into the girl's life when old wounds are re-opened and tragedy strikes. While nothing particularly inventive takes place, I rather liked the mood created throughout the film. The film opens with the female protagonist in jail for a crime she didn't yet did commit. Phyllis Thaxter as Joan, the troubled young lady with multiple personalities living inside her, gives a more than competent portrayal of this tortured woman, yet the film's story is rather weak and completely falls apart in the last third when some ridiculous scientific explanation is given for her aberrant behaviour. Edmund Gwenn plays a psychiatrist/family friend and gives the film a bit of credibility with his performance. The rest of the cast is adequate and the film is mildly entertaining. Hypnosis, the gas chamber, and playing with scissors are all explored.

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