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A Stolen Life (1946)

Approved | | Drama | 6 July 1946 (USA)
When a woman's twin sister is drowned, she assumes her identity in order to be close to the man she feels her sister took from her years before.

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writers:

Catherine Turney (screen play by), Margaret Buell Wilder (adapted by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Kate Bosworth / Patricia Bosworth
Glenn Ford ... Bill Emerson
Dane Clark ... Karnock
Walter Brennan ... Eben Folger
Charles Ruggles ... Freddie Linley (as Charlie Ruggles)
Bruce Bennett ... Jack R. Talbot
Peggy Knudsen ... Diedre
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Johnson
Clara Blandick ... Martha
Joan Winfield ... Lucy
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Storyline

Kate Bosworth and her twin sister Patricia fall in love with Nantucket lighthouse inspector Bill Emerson. Patricia and Bill are married. To forget, Kate returns to painting. Bill goes to Chile; Kate and Patricia go sailing; Patricia is washed overboard and drowned. Kate's boat capsizes and, when she recovers consciousness ashore, she (believed to be Patricia) is told that Bill is returning from Chile. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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BETTE DAVIS IN HER GREATEST OF ALL HER TRIUMPHS! (original ad - all caps)

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Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uma Vida Roubada See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Beach, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The last film Bette Davis made at Warner Brothers (during her contract from 1932-1949) to make a profit upon release. See more »

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When Mr. Folger looks through his binoculars at the twins in their storm-tossed sailboat, the view is one of fair weather. See more »

Quotes

Bill Emerson: It's like you were a cake.
Kate Bosworth: A cake?
Bill Emerson: Yes, a cake... without any frosting. And I guess most guys, they kinda like the frosting. Know what I mean?
Kate Bosworth: Today you think I'm well-frosted.
Bill Emerson: I'll say!
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Bridal Chorus
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From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Double Trouble
2 June 2004 | by BumpyRideSee all my reviews

I found the first half of the picture dragged for me, with a lot of dark shadows, and meandering scenes at the light house. Once the story picked up, and the "evil" twins goes over the side of the boat, then I knew I was in for some good old fashioned Bette Davis fun. I was very impressed with the creation of the "twins." For 1946, I found the scenes quite convincing, and wondered how they did that. The sets were fabulous, I'd take any of those houses, but thought the costumes were somewhat lacking. No, "Now, Voyager" stunning outfits for sure. Glenn Ford was fine, and very young, however I didn't care for the struggling artist side story. I would like to have seen much more of Kate trying to pass herself off as Pat, for that was the fun part of the film for me.


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