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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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19 February 1964 (USA)  »

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Who Is Buried in My Grave?  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For Bette Davis, this film was a reunion not only with Paul Henreid but also George Chandler; they were both contract players at Warners in the 1930s. This was their first picture together since Front Page Woman (1935) 29 years earlier. See more »

Goofs

The drummer playing at Edie's Lounge is not hitting the same drums or cymbals we hear. See more »

Quotes

Margaret DeLorca: [to her identical twin sister Edith] Smoking is bad for you skin. I gave it up years ago.
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Connections

Referenced in Die, Mommie, Die! (2003) 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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Two Great Performances by Bette Davis!
24 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Many of the films of the 60s were boring as hell. It took a star like Bette Davis to bring the necessary fire to this double role as twins in "Dead Ringer." In other hands, this might have been unworthy, but with Davis' magical screen presence, you can't take your eyes off her (both of her!) Even in small scenes, she's real and radiant (when Jim gives her the watch for her birthday). Andre Previn's score is superb. I loved the music after Edith storms out of Margaret's bedroom in the beginning of the film when she sees the portrait of her sister's dead husband and HER former lover, followed by that tender moment with the butler.

With the performances that got Oscar nominations during the '60s, some were pretty dull. Compared to them, Bette deserved a nod for best actress. Davis was wonderful in this. Her years of acting experience before the cameras was on full display in every scene...she was the consummate professional.

Did you notice Perry Blackwell at the organ? She also appeared in the Doris Day/Rock Hudson hit,"Pillow Talk" as the nightclub singer a few years prior. The drummer in this was married to Nancy Wilson!


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