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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After six months of marriage to Trevor Stevenson (Ralph Meeker), well-known painter and much-decorated hero of World War Two, Stella (Janice Rule)has found such complete fulfillment of all ... See full summary »
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
Davis smokes 16 cigarettes in the course of the film. See more »
Edith arrives at her apartment above the cocktail lounge in broad daylight, but when her boyfriend Jim comes to visit less than fifteen minutes later it is dark outside. See more »
When are you going back to San Francisco?
I haven't lived in San Francisco for ten years. Not since father died. A wino.
Yes. He drank wine because he couldn't afford to buy whiskey anymore. After he was fired off the Express and every other newspaper west of the Rockies. They finally took him away in a straitjacket.
Oh, Edie, how awful! Poor Father. Why didn't you ever tell me?
Well, I did let you know about the funeral. But you didn't come... somehow.
We must have been in Europe. ...
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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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