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Chained for Life (1952)

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 overview, first billed only:
Violet Hilton ...
Vivian Hamilton (as The Hilton Sisters)
Daisy Hilton ...
Dorothy Hamilton (as The Hilton Sisters)
Mario Laval ...
Andre Pariseau
Patricia Wright ...
Alan Keys ...
Defense Attorney
Norval Mitchell ...
Judge Mitchell (as Norvel Mitchell)
Brian O'Hara
Herbert Lytton ...
District Attorney
Dr. Thompson
James Hope ...
(as Jim Hope)
Roy Regnier
Zena Barry ...
(as Zena Bary)
Tony Iavello ...
Singer (as Tony Lavello)


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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Release Date:

January 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enchaînées pour la vie  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


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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The strangest story ever told!
19 May 2001 | by (WINTER PARK, FL.) – See all my reviews

Unique film poses the question "How do you punish the guilty without violating the rights of the innocent?" A Siamese twin is charged with murder. In flashback style, the facts leading up to the murder, and subsequent trial are presented. the case is presented before only a judge. No jury is involved. He alone must decide how to punish only the guilty sister, without violating the innocent sister's rights. How will he decide? How would you decide? Definitely low budget, but worth viewing as an oddity. Definitely at the top of the list as far as Siamese twin murder mystery films go! Film will also hold the interest of vaudeville / circus side show fans.

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