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The working class twin sister of a callous wealthy woman impulsively murders her out of revenge and assumes the identity of the dead woman. But impersonating her dead twin is more complicated and risky than she anticipated.

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Cast

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Margaret DeLorca / Edith Phillips
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Sergeant Jim Hobbson
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Tony Collins
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Sergeant Hoag
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Dede Marshall
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Paul Harrison
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Dona Anna
George Chandler ...
George, Chauffeur
Mario Alcalde ...
Garcia
Cyril Delevanti ...
Henry, the Butler
Monika Henreid ...
Janet
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Daniel 'Dan' Lister, Bartender
Charles Watts ...
Apartment Manager
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Captain Johnson
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Storyline

After the funeral of her brother-in-law, Edith Phillips learns that Margaret de Lorca, her rich twin sister, had tricked her way into marriage with the man she also loved. So she kills Margaret and assumes her identity and life-style. However, her life becomes complicated by her late sister's sleazy boyfriend, Tony Collins and Sgt. Jim Hobbson, a Los Angeles detective who loved the "dead" Edith. Written by alfiehitchie

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Plot Keywords:

twin | funeral | bar | murder | revenge | See more »

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What Bette Davis does to Bette Davis and to Karl Malden and Peter Lawford in DEAD RINGER is just what "Baby Jane" people will adore! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 February 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Who Is Buried in My Grave?  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Davis smokes 16 cigarettes in the course of the film. See more »

Goofs

Due to bright lighting during several shots at the funeral showing twins portrayed by Bette Davis, it's obvious - even with a veil over her face - that one of the characters is actually a double (in reality, Davis sort-of look-alike, Connie Cezon). See more »

Quotes

Paul Harrison: Too bad I called and woke you last night. This might not have happened.
Margaret DeLorca: It wouldn't have mattered when you called. I've gotten so I'm afraid to turn around for fear of what will happen next.
Paul Harrison: Oh, just one of those rough patches, Margaret. Things will look better in a few months.
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Connections

Referenced in Double Take: A Conversation with Boze Hadleigh (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Shuffle Off to Buffalo
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Bette Davis
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User Reviews

 
fun film with extra Davis
12 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bette Davis is a poor bar owner and the wealthy widow who stole her sister's boyfriend in "Dead Ringer." Davis played twins before in "A Stolen Life." This time, she's Edie and her sister, the recently widowed Margaret DeLorca. The two have been estranged for many years - Margaret slept with Edie's boyfriend, DeLorca, said she was pregnant, and married the guy. The baby, a boy, died. On the way home from the funeral and a visit with her sister, Edie learns from the chauffeur that Margaret never had a baby. Edie kills her sister and switches identities with her, leaving Margaret in her place, in her clothes. By taking Margaret's identity, she also leaves behind her boyfriend, a police detective played by Karl Malden.

Edie soon learns that Margaret's life was - well, complicated. For one thing, she's involved with Peter Lawford. And there's more! Bette Davis does a great job as both sisters. This is an entertaining film that Davis fans won't want to miss.


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