Dead Ringer (1964)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  19 February 1964 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Margaret DeLorca / Edith Phillips
Sergeant Jim Hobbson
Tony Collins
Sergeant Hoag
Dede Marshall
Paul Harrison
Dona Anna
George Chandler ...
George, Chauffeur
Mario Alcalde ...
Cyril Delevanti ...
Henry, the Butler
Monika Henreid ...
Daniel 'Dan' Lister, Bartender
Charles Watts ...
Apartment Manager
Captain Johnson


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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twin | funeral | bar | murder | revenge | See All (44) »


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 »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

19 February 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Who Is Buried in My Grave?  »

Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bette Davis declined a role in 4 for Texas (1963) to do this 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 »


Margaret DeLorca: When are you going back to San Francisco?
Edith Phillips: I haven't lived in San Francisco for ten years. Not since father died. A wino.
Margaret DeLorca: A wino?
Edith Phillips: 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.
Margaret DeLorca: Oh, Edie, how awful! Poor Father. Why didn't you ever tell me?
Edith Phillips: Well, I did let you know about the funeral. But you didn't come... somehow.
Margaret DeLorca: We must have been in Europe. ...
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Referenced in Die, Mommie, Die! (2003) See more »


Shuffle Off to Buffalo
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Bette Davis
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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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