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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

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
...
Hinkley
Patricia Wright ...
Renée
Alan Keys ...
Defense Attorney
Norval Mitchell ...
Judge Mitchell (as Norvel Mitchell)
...
Mabel
Brian O'Hara
...
District Attorney
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Dr. Thompson
James Hope ...
(as Jim Hope)
Roy Regnier
Zena Barry ...
(as Zena Bary)
Tony Iavello ...
Singer (as Tony Lavello)
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Storyline

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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Crime | Film-Noir

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January 1952 (USA)  »

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Enchaînées pour la vie  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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 »

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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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Not as lurid as you think.
18 July 2004 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This exploitation feature isn't quite as lurid as one would think. The

Hilton sisters,who also must have been little people (comparing

their stature to the rest of the cast) do an admirable job conveying

the truths and difficulties they endured as Siamese twins.There is

a wonderful dream sequence where Dottie awakens to find that

she is a separate entity and she dances and runs freely. (This

being done with an obvious stand-in but is still an effective

sequence.) Being part of a vaudeville showcase I was delighted to

see highlights of some of the other acts, the juggler and the

accordian player to name two. The Hilton sisters are in very good

voice to boot. Sure the budget was low and the acting on par with a

community troop but there are worse ways you could spend 80

minutes. Be forewarned that the sound quality, at least on the

Arrow DVD, is a little below par but the print is much crisper than

the previous VHS release. Seeing that they were barely connected

at the lower back, I wonder had the Hiltons had been born today, if

medical techniques could have safely separated them. For $4.99

you will find this an enjoyable "B" film that stands up to repeated

viewing.


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