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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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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 »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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19 February 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Who Is Buried in My Grave?  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Davis smokes 16 cigarettes in the course of the film. See more »

Goofs

Due to bright lighting during several shots at the funeral showing twins portrayed by Bette Davis, it's obvious - even with a veil over her face - that one of the characters is actually a double (in reality, Davis sort-of look-alike, Connie Cezon). See more »

Quotes

Margaret DeLorca: You really hate me, don't you? You've never forgiven me in all these years.
Edith Phillips: Why should I? Tell me why I should.
Margaret DeLorca: Well, we're sisters!
Edith Phillips: So we are... and to hell with you!
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Remake of The Other One (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Shuffle Off to Buffalo
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Bette Davis
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She Wouldn't Hurt a Fly!
17 June 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Los Angeles, after eighteen years without speaking to each other, Edith Phillips meets her twin sister Margaret de Lorca (Bette Davis) in the funeral of Maggie's husband and former love of Edith that died of heart attack. Maggie invites Edith to visit her mansion, and Edith finds through her sister's driver that Maggie used a fake pregnancy to trick her and marry her passion. When Edith arrives in her bar, she is evicted by her landlord. Edith calls Maggie, kills her and assumes her identity. The police, including her boyfriend Sergeant Jim Hobbson (Karl Malden), believe that Edith committed suicide in an act of despair. Edith lures Maggie's servants and friends, but when Maggie's lover Tony Collins (Peter Lawford) appears, the situation becomes complicated for her.

"Dead Ringer" is a great film-noir, with thriller and black humor in an ironic story where justice is reached through the wrong and unexpected way. I have never had the chance to see the original Mexican movie "La Otra", but this remake is magnificently supported by the awesome Bette Davis, performing double and ambiguous roles that permit her to be rich, poor, simple, sophisticated, killer and victim. Her final line to Jim Hobbson ("-She wouldn't hurt a fly!") gives a bitter touch of class and irony to the conclusion of this enjoyable film. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Alguém Morreu em Meu Lugar" ("Somebody Died in My Place")


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