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Dead Ringer (1964)

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

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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

Certificate:

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

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Castle: Poof, You're Dead (2011) 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

 
One of the best thrillers
23 July 2000 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

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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