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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

Because of her constant insistence for better productions to work on, and an overall better atmosphere on set, Jack L. Warner asked Bette Davis to produce the film. It would be the first and only time she would be able to do this. Reportedly, she was so overworked and also intrigued by this job that she started a relationship with the director of this film to iron out her mind. 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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Remake of Stolen Life (1939) See more »

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The Sailor's Hornpipe
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Bette Davis Multiplies by Two
7 April 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Wealthy New England artist Bette Davis (as Kate Bosworth) emerges late from her star vehicle, and misses the boat taking her to visit her cousin, the distinguished Charlie Ruggles (as Freddie Linley). Handsome young Glenn Ford (as Bill Emerson) happens by, and Ms. Davis bums a ride in his dinghy. The two pick up Mr. Ford's crusty lighthouse keeper, Walter Brennan (as Eben Folger). On the verge of spinsterhood, Davis is clearly attracted to Ford, and arranges to paint Mr. Brennan's portrait - but, she really wants to show Ford her etchings. Later, cocky Dane Clark (as Karnock) intrudes.

You can definitely sense some subtext and symbolism in this picture…

And, you can't go wrong with Bette Davis melodramatically falling in love amidst crisp direction by Curtis Bernhardt, beautiful black-and-white photography by Ernest Haller and Sol Polito, a sweet soundtrack by Max Steiner, and the crew at Warner Bros. Throw in the fact that Bette Davis (also as Patricia "Pat" Bosworth) plays her own slutty sister, and you've struck movie gold. Expect, of course, the titular "A Stolen Life" as the evil Davis moves to steals her sister's man. Assisted by special effects wizardry from Willard Van Enger and Russell Collings, both Davis and Davis are terrific in their roles.

******** A Stolen Life (7/6/46) Curtis Bernhardt ~ Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Dane Clark, Walter Brennan


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