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Chained for Life (1952)

 -  Crime  -  January 1952 (USA)
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A Siamese twin kills the husband who left her. The courts have to decide if she is convicted of murder, how can they punish her sister, who had nothing to do with the crime?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Violet Hilton ...
Vivian Hamilton (as The Hilton Sisters)
Daisy Hilton ...
Dorothy Hamilton (as The Hilton Sisters)
Mario Laval ...
Andre Pariseau
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Hinkley
Patricia Wright ...
Renée
Robert Keys ...
Defense Attorney (as Alan Keys)
Norval Mitchell ...
Judge Mitchell (as Norvel Mitchell)
Edna Holland ...
Mabel
Brian O'Hara
Herbert Lytton ...
District Attorney
Jack Mulhall ...
Dr. Thompson
James Hope ...
(as Jim Hope)
Roy Regnier
Zena Barry ...
(as Zena Bary)
Tony Iavello ...
Singer (as Tony Lavello)
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Siamese twins are a singing act, apparently in vaudeville. Their manager, to drum up business bribes a man who has a shooting act to become romantically involved with her. The bribe works and business increases dramatically. The man proposes marriage and the proposal is accepted. He walks out on her on their wedding night to remain with his assistant with whom he has a relationship. The sister of the rejected bride shoots him during his act. The movie starts with the judge, who is hearing the case without a jury, advises us, the audience, that this is a difficult case. The movie poses the question of whether he can punish the one who is the shooter without punishing the other sister. Written by davidfbook@sbcglobal.net

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Siamese Twins Playthings of Desire! See more »

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Enchaînées pour la vie  »

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Much of the plot was derived from real events in the lives of Siamese twins Daisy Hilton and Violet Hilton: the sham-marriage for publicity; the difficulty getting a marriage license due to morals concerns; the vaudeville singing career. See more »

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Vivian Hamilton: we've always said we were like other people yet different; from the moment we started to crawl and the leg of the table got between us and we couldn't pass.
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Raises Some Interesting Questions
21 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Siamese twin kills the husband who left her. The courts have to decide if she is convicted of murder, how can they punish her sister, who had nothing to do with the crime?

Starring the Hilton sisters, probably the most famous conjoined twins who ever lived. They are connected in such a way that you can hardly even tell... how thy were able to fit out the birth canal is a mystery, as is why the doctor couldn't separate them. And also, how do they use the toilet? And how can they have different blood types?

I am frankly impressed with how old the sisters were... I cannot imagine sharing every intimate detail of my life with another person for decades on end. Bathrooms, showers, sex, marriage... what if one sister wants to read and the other likes loud music? What if one tries to roll over in her sleep? And then, is a marriage bigamy as the film suggests? I doubt it, but I see the point.

I enjoyed the William Tell overture on an accordion... second best use of the song ever? And there is a very early form of trick BMX biker here.

Alpha Video has an adequate video quality on their disc, though the sound could be touched up a bit. Some of it is pretty muffled, and considering there is a singing scene, it would sound much better if clear.


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