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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)
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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's cello-playing was dubbed by Eleanor Aller (Mrs Felix Slatkin) while she was pregnant with Frederic Zlotkin. Her father, Gregory Aller, coached Henreid in plausible bow movements.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: While Bette Davis, alone in her studio, is talking to Claude Rains on the telephone, the highly visible shadow of a crew member is moving back and forth across the piano behind her.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.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Impromptu, Op. 142, No. 2 in A Flat MajorSee more »

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28 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Bette plays Beethoven's Apassionata sonata!, 14 July 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Irving Rapper's "Deception" reunited the three stars of a much better Bette Davis' vehicle: "Now Voyager". This is a film where all three stars shine equally. "Deception" was based on a play and the adaptation has opened it in unexpected ways. This satisfying melodrama has one thing going for it: the great music one hears throughout the movie, it's highlight being the Korngold Cello concerto, a rarity seldom heard, let alone in films. We are also treated to the beginning of Beethoven's Apassionata sonata as well.

Christine Radcliffe is a musician who gets separated from the love of her life, Karel Novak, one of the best cellist of Europe, before the advent of WWII. Christine comes back to New York, where she becomes the lover of a famous composer, Alexander Hollenius. One day, Christine discovers Karel's name playing in a second class venue in Manhattan, where they are reunited.

Christine doesn't have the nerve to tell Karel about what has happened in the intervening years. It's obvious Christine has done well for herself, as Karel discovers Christine lives in a great apartment, he finds closets full of elegant and expensive clothes, furs, jewelry, which doesn't make sense to him. Little does he know everything has come out of the generosity of Alexander Hollenius, a composer that fell in love with Christine and obviously, became her lover. Christine is coy in not revealing the truth, which keeps interfering with her happiness, until it comes to a head as Hollenius threatens Christine to tell it all to Karel after he plays the concert. It's at that point that Christine realizes she is cornered and must face reality and the fact that she will lose the man she really loves.

Bette Davis made a fine Christine, a woman she was born to play. Ms. Davis is amazing in the film, which unfortunately, is forgotten by all her admirers when comparing this role to her other great screen portraits. Claude Rains, who worked so well with Ms. Davis, gives an incredible performance as the egotistical composer who is afraid to lose his own creation. This has to be one of Mr. Rains' best appearances in a film. Paul Henried is perfect as Karel, the European cellist madly in love with Christine, a woman he thought he had lost forever. Mr. Henried is an elegant figure in this film, something that he projected effortlessly.

Ernest Haller's cinematography greatly enhances all we see on the screen. Mr. Haller was one of the best photographers working in that period, as he clearly shows here. George James Hopkins' sets not only are opulent, but he clearly knew how to get the most of his interior designs.

The film is an engrossing tale that will satisfy the fans of this genre.

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