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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 25, 1947 with Bette Davis and Glenn Ford reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

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

Freddie Linley: Must you always let that sister of yours get ahead of you?
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Connections

Referenced in All About Bette (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
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From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Bette has fun with dual role in good soaper...
21 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

'A Stolen Life' is designed to give Bette Davis an interesting dual role--and she plays it extremely well, more introspective than usual. With Glenn Ford, Walter Brennan and Dane Clark in support, it's an interesting melodrama of good sister vs. bad sister when the bad one falls in love with the good twin's sweetheart. Romantic rivalry goes into high gear and the plot thickens when the bad twin is accidentally killed in a boating accident--thus giving the good woman an opportunity to pose as her sister in order to be close to her former lover. While it's all highly improbable, especially when described in plot outline, there are a lot of good touches that make the film absorbing, entertaining and believable. Glenn Ford plays the confused young lighthouse keeper convincingly. Dane Clark has a peripheral role as a cynical artist that completely wastes his talent and seems to serve no useful purpose. Walter Brennan, Charles Ruggles and Bruce Bennett have good supporting roles. The trick photography gives the illusion that Davis is really two separate personalities--very effective indeed. For Davis fans, this is a "must see" film. Smoothly directed by Curtis Bernhardt, there's a tasteful background score by Max Steiner that appropriately accompanies images of a New England village setting.


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