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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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Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave See more (45 total) »

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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Additional Details

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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Aspect Ratio:
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:[to her identical twin sister Edith] Smoking is bad for you skin. I gave it up years ago.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Die, Mommie, Die! (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Shuffle Off to BuffaloSee more »

FAQ

Is 'Dead Ringer' based on a book?
What did Edith write in 'Edie's' suicide note?
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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave, 16 October 2006
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Bette Davis plays twin sisters, one glamorous, the other homely, in this tale of deception, betrayal, and murder. What makes the story so fascinating is its delicious irony, as the homely sister, Edith, becomes ever more ensnared in her own tangled web.

The story is marred slightly by some obvious contrivances and plot holes. But it has lots of twists and turns. And Bette Davis, with her memorable voice, her gestures, and those Bette Davis eyes renders the Edith character engaging, as she realizes something important that she had not foreseen, and then makes an effort not to be found out. It's all about the internal tension of faking a false identity.

Much of the plot is consumed in detail, as we watch Edith squirm and fret when confronted with small tasks like switching clothes with a corpse, faking a signature, or determining the combination to a wall safe. These action details are somewhat tedious. But they give Davis lots of opportunity to act.

The film's B&W cinematography is fine. The split screen technology wherein both sisters appear together in the same scene is rather self-conscious, but was quite advanced for its time. Rear screen projection is another technique that is used, but seems primitive by today's technical standards. The film's lighting is quite good.

The film gets off to a really good start with a snazzy, and very Hitchcockian, title sequence accompanied by Andre Previn's excellent original score. The film's supporting cast includes Karl Malden, Estelle Winwood, and Jean Hagen. But, though they are all credible in their roles, this film belongs to Bette Davis. It's her show. And a viewer's response to the film will hinge largely on their impression of Bette Davis and her ability to play two roles. Personally, I think she did a splendid job.

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