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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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Tagline:
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:
This is the third time the director of this film, Paul Henreid, worked with the star, Bette Davis. He acted in two other films alongside her: Now, Voyager (1942) and Deception (1946).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Edith arrives at Maggie's home and removes her veil, she adjusts her hair twice before removing her hat.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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Shuffle Off to BuffaloSee more »

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What did Edith write in 'Edie's' suicide note?
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
No Good - Bad Turn Goes Unpunished, 18 August 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

Bette Davis essayed twin sisters twice. The first was A STOLEN LIFE, one of her last good Warner Brother films in the late 1940s, wherein the good sister watches helplessly while her bad sister steals Glenn Ford from her, but she gets a second chance at Glenn when the bad sister is killed in an accident and the good one can take over her life (hence the title).

Then there was this film made nearly two decades later. Despite some far out plot twists, most people think that DEAD RINGER is the better film.

By 1964 Davis had discovered (like her rival Joan Crawford) that their career could survive playing in "grande guinol" films. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? and HUSH, HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE, were followed by DEAD RINGER, THE NANNY, and THE ANNIVERSARY (my personal favorite - and actually the least bloody of these films). DEAD RINGER and THE NANNY tie for being the most sympathetic roles for Bette in these films.

In DEAD RINGER, Edith Philips is the twin sister of wealthy widow Margaret De Lorca. Edith owns a run - down bar, and it is going into bankruptcy, and she is facing eviction. Her closest friend (closer if she would watch his signals) is Police Sgt. Jim Hobbson (Karl Malden). But she is consumed with anger and jealousy at her sister because Margaret married the man who Edith should have married. So Margaret's current security is due to her stealing Edith's boyfriend (similar to the plot in A STOLEN LIFE). So she invites Margaret to her home, and shows Margaret a letter that she has written. It is Edith's suicide note, and as Margaret reads it she realizes that she is about to become Edith permanently.

Edith has planned this a bit, but she does not plan for two problems. Sgt. Hobbson is in a bad state because he loved Edith, and he keeps visiting her identical twin "Margaret". This is upsetting to Edith, who did not plan to hurt her boy-friend. Secondly she discovers Margaret had her secrets too. The late Mr. De Lorca may have died in too timely a fashion (wink, wink), and Margaret had a boy - friend too who helped her, a playboy named Tony Collins. Tony is curious about "Margaret's" lack of interest (or even awareness) of him, until he begins to put two and two together, Then he becomes very demanding to his supposed lover.

The climax of the film is quite twisty, if predictable after awhile. But the final moment between Davis and Malden is sadly touching in it's way. The film may also have the best dramatic performance by Lawford as a villain in his film career (finally he cuts loose and shows what he could do). Not one of Davis's greatest films, but an interesting one, and worth viewing.

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