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.
A piano teacher believes that her fiancé was killed on the battlefield. When he miraculously returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love had died.
Popular and beautiful Fanny Trellis is forced into a loveless marriage with an older man, Jewish banker Job Skeffington, in order to save her beloved brother Trippy from an embezzlement charge and predictable complications result.
A lawyer whose wife has had an affair sets out to leave her by flying to LA. He becomes ever more involved in the lives of a few fellow travelers on a journey that ends up showing him as much about himself as about the others.
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
Margaret's maid, Janet is played by the director's daughter Monika Henreid in her one and only acting role. See more »
As Edith is leaving her apartment for the final time after murdering her sister Maggie, she turns to look at her sister's dead body slouched over in the chair. You can see the dead body's chest moving, as Maggie's dead body is breathing. See more »
Too bad I called and woke you last night. This might not have happened.
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.
Oh, just one of those rough patches, Margaret. Things will look better in a few months.
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A "film noir", excellent from beginning to end. There are no superfluities or lacks of any kind, perfect balance of all the elements. It isn't as haunting and lurid as "Baby Jane", but the same kind of movie depicting an inhuman world in which everyone is against everyone. It is so well done, it rises to the level of art. Intense esthetic satisfaction, very organically sound. It's a real masterpiece. Even the music is masterful. The dialogue is sparse and effective, the cinematography stylish without being overbearing or tacky. Far more stylish and polished than "Whatever happened to Baby Jane", which tended to sprawl in a narrative sense. Both films are `guilty pleasures' with plenty of dark humor, not the least of which being Karl Malden holding a torch for elderly Bette!!! Malden is superb, as usual. The final twist of the plot is breath-taking in its subtlety and philosophical implications.
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