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Deception -- Bette Davis, Claude Rains and Paul Henreid star in this romantic mystery about a pianist who will stop at nothing to protect her refugee husband from her rich and powerful ex-lover.


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18 October 1946 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
Crew verified as complete

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115 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Spain:18 | USA:Approved (PCA #11772, Adult Audience)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: When Christine confronts Hollenius in his bedroom, Hollenius slams the same newspaper down twice.See more »
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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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
This Movie, Seen On TV 30 Years After Its Release, Gave Me An Education In Music, 7 September 2004
Author: David (Handlinghandel) from NY, NY

The world's greatest living composer, Alexnder Hollenius. Those words echoed in my dreams as a young man. The Haydn, Schubert, and Mozart used so artfully by Korngold did too. And his cello concerto is a fine work in itself!

The plot is minimal and at the same time overblown. Bette Davis and Hollsnius (the always brilliant Rains)have been "involved," a bit scandalously for the time of the movie's release. Enter Bette's true love, thought bu her to by dead, Henreid: a cello virtuoso.

The rest is kind of paint by numbers but it's very chic and well played (especially by the imperious Maestro, Rains.)

However, the score is sublime and right up there at the top of uses of music by American movies.

Had this been directed by Max Ophuls, it would have been a great movie. As it is, it's a very, very good movie. A movie with lovely sounds and many moments of high camp.

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