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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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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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The aircraft Bill gets off when he returns to New York appears to be a Douglas B-23 Dragon converted to civil use. 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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The Sailor's Hornpipe
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The lighthouse shows the way...
24 March 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The subject is not really new.In her last film "Two-Faced woman" ,Greta Garbo played "twins" (but actually there was only one woman) with different personalities.More interesting was Siodak's "the dark mirror" where Davis' good friend Olivia de Havilland played twin sisters too,one of whom was suspected of murder.

Twins were certainly trendy at the time since ,the very same year as De Havilland,Davis tried her hand at the subject,not in a thriller,but in a melodrama.Davis was as subtle an actress to portray two different women.One of them is an artist ,a romantic loyal woman ;the other one is a real bitch,who steals her sister's boyfriend (Glenn Ford).

There are scenes with an "accursed " anarchist artist who becomes Kate's teacher cause he thinks her painting is lousy.The reason,he says ,is that she was never a real woman (like sister Patricia ,maybe?)Those scenes with Karnock are mostly filler,and the film becomes interesting again when Kate pretends to be Patricia,although these scenes show more than a distant resemblance with "Two-faced woman" by Cukor.

Not a major Davis movie,but interesting for her numerous fans.


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