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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 »
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, now who's the fairest twin of all? See more »
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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Two Great Performances by Bette Davis! See more (45 total) »


  (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)
Crew verified as complete

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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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116 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Davis smokes 16 cigarettes in the course of the film.See more »
Miscellaneous: As Edith is leaving her apartment for the final time after murdering her sister Maggie, she turns to look at her sister's dead body slouched over in the chair. You can see the dead body's chest moving, as Maggie's dead body is breathing.See more »
Paul Harrison:Too bad I called and woke you last night. This might not have happened.
Margaret DeLorca:It wouldn't have mattered when you called. I've gotten so I'm afraid to turn around for fear of what will happen next.
Paul Harrison:Oh, just one of those rough patches, Margaret. Things will look better in a few months.
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Two Great Performances by Bette Davis!, 24 September 2006
Author: nneprevilo from United States

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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