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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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Release Date:
18 October 1946 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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: At the end of the film, after Karel Novak has played the Hollenius Cello Concerto and is receiving an ovation, as he acknowledges the applause, his cello mysteriously appears and disappears. In the close ups as he takes his bow, he has it, but when the camera cuts to him in long shot, it is missing.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:
Egmont Overture in F minor, Op. 84See more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
JUST ENJOY IT!, 24 June 2003
Author: edward-miller-1 from miami fl

I have just finished reading all of the comments here and now let me add my two cents worth. This is my all time favorite Davis opus and it is certainly not because of the high quality of her performance. See Davis at her best in The Letter. What Deception is is a high powered duel between flamboyant personalities (Davis and Rains) wiping their costar (Henreid) right off the screen. The restaurant scene deserves all the mention it got here previously, but how about mink coated Bette confronting Rains in his bed reading Dick Tracy? The screen crackles with vitriol. This is over the top screen acting at it's most enjoyable.If you've never seen this, take the opportunity and enjoy it for what it is: good old fashioned Hollywood entertainment.

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