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Deception (1946)

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A piano teacher believes that her fiancé, a cellist, was killed on the battlefield. When he returns alive, they marry, but are menaced and threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer she started dating on the rebound.

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Music teacher Christine Radcliffe thought Karel Novak to have been killed in the war. She loves him more than ever and insists they marry. At their reception her benefactor and former lover offers Karel the chance to solo his new cello concerto. Hollenius torments Christine and she shoots him. The concert is a success and Karel promises to stand by Christine. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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THE STAR OF 'STOLEN LIFE' STEALS ANOTHER LIFE! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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18 October 1946 (USA)  »

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Her Conscience  »

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Paul Henreid could not play the cello. While he was able to fake it in the long shots, to achieve the illusion in close up, he wore a special jacket with no sleeves and holes for two real cellists to insert their arms - one to bow, and one to accurately finger the music - while seated behind him, out of shot. See more »

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When Christine (Davis) is putting out the candles after the wedding party, at least one noticeable candle is re-lit between shots. See more »

Quotes

Alexander Hollenius: She tells me your some sort of a genius, if such a term can be applied to a mere performer.
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Orchestral Numbers Staged by Leroy Prinz See more »

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Version of Jealousy (1929) See more »

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Impromptu, Op. 142, No. 2 in A Flat Major
Music by Franz Schubert
Played on record in Hollenius' apartment
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"It's like grand opera, only the people are thinner" said one reviewer...
24 April 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

If you're in the mood for a flamboyant Bette Davis-Claude Rains melodrama, you've got to see this one. Rains all but steals the film as the genius composer with some of the cruelest and wittiest lines ever uttered by this talented actor. Bette matches him with a finely controlled display of emotions and Paul Henreid is altogether convincing in a rather thankless role as her ex-lover who re-enters her life and incurs the wrath of Rains. For the cello concerto, Erich Wolfgang Korngold provides a robust, darkly thrilling piece of work that gets the full treatment toward the climax of the story. A very satisfying look at Davis and Rains at the peak of their powers. I love the comment by Cecilia Ager of PM who wrote: "It's like grand opera, only the people are thinner. I wouldn't have missed it for the world." If you're a Claude Rains fan--and there are MANY, MANY of them out there--you might have read my profile on his career in CLASSIC IMAGES, a long article with many photos that appeared in the December 2000 issue.


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