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Dead Ringer (1964)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 19 February 1964 (USA)
The working-class twin sister of a callous, wealthy woman impulsively murders her out of revenge and assumes her identity. But impersonating her dead twin is more complicated and risky than she anticipated.

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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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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 »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Lana Turner turned the film down because she didn't want to play twins. See more »

Goofs

When the dog "Duke" attacks Tony, the head and shoulders of the dog is not real. See more »

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Dede Marshall: Maggie, darling! Forgive me for not coming to the cemetery yesterday but Tom has an absolute phobia about cemeteries. Besides, we had to go to this cocktail party in Pasadena. Entertainers. Darling, it was absolutely mad! You wouldn't believe some of the things that went on.
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Referenced in Scarecrow and Mrs. King: Dead Ringer (1984) See more »

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Shuffle Off to Buffalo
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Bette Davis
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The absolute best!.....
26 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bette Davis here excels in "Grand Guignol" version of melodrama.

She looks intimidating and beautiful, has several lovers, and a life of deception. This is a must not miss film, which I watched with my mother as a child.

Ms. Davis plays Edie, the understated down at heel bar owner who is in love with modest detective Karl Malden. She is tired of her life, and after owing a great deal of money, attempts to reconcile with her wealthy sister, Mrs. DeLorca.

Mrs. DeLorca (also Davis) is an opportunist. Not happy, but wealthy. Somehow a change of identity occurs, and Edie ends up dead.

Beautiful cinematography as Edie's sister in her Beverly Hills Mansion. Duke, the Great Dane ( great dog) adds a nice nuance to the story. There are also some amusing scenes with Peter Lawford as an ex-lover, now discarded.

All in all this is a superior film which you will want to watch more than twice. Highly recommended. 9/10.


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