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Dead Ringer -- Screen legend Bette Davis stars in a dual role playing twin sisters -- one good and one evil -- in this entertaining drama of romantic revenge.

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Release Date:
19 February 1964 (USA) See more »
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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, now who's the fairest twin of all? See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Margaret DeLorca / Edith Phillips

Karl Malden ... Sergeant Jim Hobbson

Peter Lawford ... Tony Collins

Philip Carey ... Sergeant Hoag

Jean Hagen ... Dede Marshall

George Macready ... Paul Harrison

Estelle Winwood ... Dona Anna
George Chandler ... George, Chauffeur
Mario Alcalde ... Garcia
Cyril Delevanti ... Henry, the Butler
Monika Henreid ... Janet

Bert Remsen ... Daniel 'Dan' Lister, Bartender
Charles Watts ... Apartment Manager

Ken Lynch ... Captain Johnson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Beckman ... Prosecutor (uncredited)
Perry Blackwell ... Electronic Organist in Bar (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Juror (uncredited)
Charles Fredericks ... Tom Marshall (uncredited)
Jon Lormer ... Alonzo (uncredited)
Renny McEvoy ... Man at Bar with Sweepstakes Tickets (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Defense Lawyer (uncredited)
Bryan O'Byrne ... Mr. Beemas (uncredited)
George Petrie ... Eddie Krauss, Loan Company Officer (uncredited)
Claude Stroud ... Courtroom Witness (uncredited)
Harry Swoger ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Chauffeur at Funeral (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Henreid 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Albert Beich 
Rian James  story "La Otra aka Dead Pigeon"
Oscar Millard 

Produced by
William H. Wright .... producer
 
Original Music by
André Previn  (as Andre Previn)
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Folmar Blangsted 
 
Art Direction by
Perry Ferguson 
 
Set Decoration by
William Stevens 
 
Costume Design by
Donfeld  (as Don Feld)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Florence Guernsey .... hair stylist: Miss Davis
Gene Hibbs .... makeup artist: Miss Davis
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Hansen .... assistant director (as Charles L. Hansen)
Phil Ball .... assistant director (uncredited)
Lee White .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Weldon H. Patterson .... prop (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gibby Germaine .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bert Six .... still photographer (uncredited)
Kenneth B. Taylor .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Geoffrey Alan .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ruth Hancock .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Russ Freeman .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Mitchell Lurie .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Red Mitchell .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
André Previn .... conductor (uncredited)
Paul Salamunovich .... conductor: boys choir (uncredited)
David Strech .... music copyist (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Connie Cezon .... stand-in: Bette Davis during twin scenes (uncredited)
Irva Mae Ross .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Bert Steinberger .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"Who Is Buried in My Grave?" - UK (alternative title), USA (working title)
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Runtime:
116 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia:
Jean Hagen's last movie.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the dog "Duke" attacks Tony, the head and shoulders of the dog is not real.See more »
Quotes:
Margaret DeLorca:[to her identical twin sister Edith] Smoking is bad for you skin. I gave it up years ago.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Shuffle Off to BuffaloSee more »

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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
"Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest twin of all?", 5 June 2005
Author: Billie from United States

Nobody in film has yet portrayed evil bitch, and sometimes crazy evil bitch, as well and as often as the late great Bette Davis, as evidenced by such films as "Of Human Bondage", "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane", and "The Nanny", just to name a few that come immediately to mind. Capable of spitting out lines such as "Ah'd luv tuh kiss yuh, but ah jus' washed mah hair" (from "Cabin In the Cotton", 1932), "Every time you kissed me, I had to wipe my mouth! Wipe my mouth!" (from "Of Human Bondage", 1934) to "But Blanche, yuh ahhh in that chair, yuh ahhhhhhh!" (from "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane", 1962), Bette Davis made a lucrative living with her hip-swinging sashaying stride and her mannerisms that still make her a favorite of drag queens everywhere.

In "Dead Ringer", Bette was once again cast in the dual role of good sister/bad sister (Edith Phillips/Margaret DeLorca) similar to her dual roles in "A Stolen Life" (1946, with Glenn Ford). Paul Henreid, her co-star in "Now Voyager" - remember him in the classic scene that involved his lighting two cigarettes and handing Davis's character one of them - directs. "Dead Ringer"'s premise is simple: good sister impulsively tries to step into shoes of deceased bad sister in an ill-conceived move to improve her own quality of life, without thinking of the inherent consequences. In this case, as in the case of "A Stolen Life", Davis inherits the dead bad sister's myriad mix of self-imposed problems, but with worse consequences.

And as veteran filmgoers have realized for many years, the family dog always knows who's who.

Karl Malden, as Davis' earnest boyfriend (and cop) Sgt. Jim Hobbson is basically re-enacting his earnest boyfriend characterization from "A Streetcar Named Desire", and Peter Lawford, who was a real-life playboy and drunk, (in addition to allegedly acting as a bit of a pimp for the Kennedys, circa the Marilyn Monroe/John F. Kennedy/Robert Kennedy liasons era), plays Tony Collins...the drunken playboy boyfriend of the dead bad sister, Margaret DeLorca.

"Dead Ringer" was made in an era of more rudimentary special effects, so Davis's two characters interacting almost face-to-face in some scenes was quite innovative for the time, well-done (better than the obvious stand-in used for some scenes) and still holds up well.

Fun times ensue for all. Classic Bette melodrama.

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