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Release Date:
18 October 1946 (USA) See more »
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SEE IT NOW! See Her Greatest! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Christine Radcliffe

Paul Henreid ... Karel Novak

Claude Rains ... Alexander Hollenius

John Abbott ... Bertram Gribble
Benson Fong ... Jimmy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russell Arms ... Music Student (uncredited)
Lois Austin ... Norma, Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Patricia Barry ... Music Student (uncredited)
Lulu Mae Bohrman ... Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
Gertrude Carr ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Well-Wisher at Concert (uncredited)
Marcelle Corday ... Hat Check Woman (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Waiter (uncredited)
Suzi Crandall ... Music Student (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Andre the Matre'd (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Beggar (uncredited)
Bernard DeRoux ... Waiter (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey ... Mr. Day (uncredited)
Norma Drury Boleslavsky ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Richard Erdman ... Jerry Spencer (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Wedding Guest Ringing Glass (uncredited)
Ross Ford ... Music Student (uncredited)
Jane Harker ... Music Student (uncredited)
Henry Hebert ... Concertgoer (uncredited)
Leza Holland ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Kenneth Hunter ... Manager (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Elderly Gentleman (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Concertgoer (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Hatcheck Clerk (uncredited)
Albert Law ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
James B. Leong ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Max Linder ... Concertgoer (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Well-wisher at Concert (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Waiter (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Ray Montgomery ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Richard Neill ... Concertgoer (uncredited)
Einar Neilsen ... Neilsen, Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
Albert Petit ... Well-wisher at Concert (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Pollard (uncredited)
Ramon Ros ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
William Roy ... Busboy (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Concertgoer (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
Richard Walsh ... Porter (uncredited)
Richard Wang ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
Jean Wong ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Clifton Young ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Rapper 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Collier 
Joseph Than 
Louis Verneuil  play "Monsieur Lamberthier"

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Erich Wolfgang Korngold 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller 
 
Film Editing by
Alan Crosland Jr. 
 
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jesse Hibbs .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set constructor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects
William C. McGann .... special effects director (as William McGann)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bernard Newman .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
LeRoy Prinz .... stager: orchestral numbers
Eleanor Aller .... musician: cello solo (uncredited)
Simon Bucharoff .... orchestrator: Hollenius Cello Concerto (uncredited)
Shura Cherkassky .... musician: piano player for Bette Davis (uncredited)
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Daniels .... dialogue director
 
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Runtime:
115 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Spain:18 | USA:Approved (PCA #11772, Adult Audience)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:[snatches his bleeding hand away from Christine Radcliffe] Like all women: white as a sheet at the sight of a couple of scratches... but calm and smiling as a hospital nurse in the presence of a mortal wound... Good night!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Cello Concerto in D majorSee more »

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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A way underrated treasure, 14 April 2009
Author: meyermihm from United States

How did I never come across Deception (1946) before? It's got to be Claude Rains' most delicious role. He absolutely has a blast playing the grand, tyrannical, jealous composer who hates giving Bette up to Paul Henreid, her former lover who has just returned from Europe at the end of the war. Both men are wickedly jealous of each other. The scene where the great composer unexpectedly arrives at Bette's and Paul's festive wedding party at her great loft apartment overlooking the river in New York (modeled on Leonard Bernstein's apartment) and trades poisonous banter with Bette and Paul makes the movie worth it by itself. But every scene is a gem, such as the scene where Claude takes them to a haute cuisine French restaurant and spends 10 minutes going back and forth over whether to order pheasant, trout, or saddle of lamb and whether to go with a Hermitage or a Vosne Romanee wine. This is some of the sharpest, wittiest dialogue I've seen in a movie, rivaling Ernst Lubitsch and every bit as good as in All About Eve. Oh, and I forgot to mention the amazingly good symphony performance scenes, with an original cello concerto by Korngold, ("played" by Henreid with the arms of two real cellists reaching in from either side to play the instrument). And Bette, a trained pianist, playing Beethoven at her wedding party (she really wanted to play it herself but Jack Warner decided against it but you can see she knows what she's doing in fingering the keys). If you haven't seen it, do check it out.

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