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A Stolen Life (1946)

Approved | | Drama | 6 July 1946 (USA)
When a woman's twin sister is drowned, she assumes her identity in order to be close to the man she feels her sister took from her years before.



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Complete credited cast:
Eben Folger
Freddie Linley (as Charlie Ruggles)
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Kate Bosworth and her twin sister Patricia fall in love with Nantucket lighthouse inspector Bill Emerson. Patricia and Bill are married. To forget, Kate returns to painting. Bill goes to Chile; Kate and Patricia go sailing; Patricia is washed overboard and drowned. Kate's boat capsizes and, when she recovers consciousness ashore, she (believed to be Patricia) is told that Bill is returning from Chile. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Uma Vida Roubada  »

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1.37 : 1
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First film of Bette Davis as a producer under her new contract with Warner Brothers. (Note the "A B.D. Production" in the opening credits.) Davis left the day-to-day work of producing the film to others, but she did chose this project, and hired the writer and director. See more »


Bill Emerson: It's like you were a cake.
Kate Bosworth: A cake?
Bill Emerson: Yes, a cake... without any frosting. And I guess most guys, they kinda like the frosting. Know what I mean?
Kate Bosworth: Today you think I'm well-frosted.
Bill Emerson: I'll say!
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.221 (2006) See more »


Bridal Chorus
From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Bette has fun with dual role in good soaper...
21 April 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

'A Stolen Life' is designed to give Bette Davis an interesting dual role--and she plays it extremely well, more introspective than usual. With Glenn Ford, Walter Brennan and Dane Clark in support, it's an interesting melodrama of good sister vs. bad sister when the bad one falls in love with the good twin's sweetheart. Romantic rivalry goes into high gear and the plot thickens when the bad twin is accidentally killed in a boating accident--thus giving the good woman an opportunity to pose as her sister in order to be close to her former lover. While it's all highly improbable, especially when described in plot outline, there are a lot of good touches that make the film absorbing, entertaining and believable. Glenn Ford plays the confused young lighthouse keeper convincingly. Dane Clark has a peripheral role as a cynical artist that completely wastes his talent and seems to serve no useful purpose. Walter Brennan, Charles Ruggles and Bruce Bennett have good supporting roles. The trick photography gives the illusion that Davis is really two separate personalities--very effective indeed. For Davis fans, this is a "must see" film. Smoothly directed by Curtis Bernhardt, there's a tasteful background score by Max Steiner that appropriately accompanies images of a New England village setting.

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