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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

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Trivia

This film, along with his previous post-war picture, Gilda (1946), relaunched Glenn Ford's career after spending two years in the U.S. Marines during World War II. See more »

Goofs

Admittedly the special effects/trick photography are superb in this film, especially for its time, there is a moment, just after Kate hands Pat a lit match, when Kate turns transparent. It's when she's behind the chair Pat's sitting in, and moves off to our right. As she starts her move, her waist becomes transparent for just a half second, and we can see the bed behind her through her hip and waist area. See more »

Quotes

Kate Bosworth: Lonely people want friends. They have to search very hard for them. It's difficult for them to find...
Bill Emerson: Other lonely people.
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Connections

Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #9.18 (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Two Bettes for the price of one!
17 February 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Bette Davis is at her best in "A Stolen Life" playing the most satisfactory characters in the decade of the forties. The mere idea of showing Ms. Davis on the same frame with herself must have presented a challenge for the director, Curtis Bernhardt. We can't think of any other actress that could have pulled this off with the elegance and the good instinct that Bette Davis brought to the project.

The mere fact of playing two women so different from one another must have been what inspired Ms. Davis to take the dual role, which proved to be one of her most popular on the screen. The good Kate is sweet and unassuming, while Patricia, the identical twin sister, is vain, envious and shallow. In taking Bill away from Kate, Patricia doesn't change her way of life, something that pains Bill, as he has second thoughts about the mistake he made in marrying the wrong woman.

The film will delight all Bette Davis fans because they will get two Bettes for the price of one. Ms. Davis' trademark movements and those expressive eyes are seen throughout the film. Glenn Ford proved to be the right kind of leading man because he always projected an honesty and an integrity little seen in other actors of his generation. Both actors make the movie work in unexpected ways.

The supporting cast is also interesting. Walter Brennan, Dane Clark, Charles Ruggles, and the rest are perfect in the background. The musical score by Max Steiner plays well with the action in the film. The excellent cinematography of Ernest Haller and Sol Polito adds another layer to the movie.

Curtis Bernhardt directed with flair and made "A Stolen Life" a film in which to cherish for the great performances he got from Bette Davis and Glenn Ford.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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