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Chained for Life (1952)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | January 1952 (USA)
A Siamese twin kills the husband who left her. The courts have to decide if she is convicted of murder, how can they punish her sister, who had nothing to do with the crime?

Director:

Harry L. Fraser

Writers:

Nat Tanchuck (screenplay), Albert DePina (additional dialogue) (as Albert de Pina) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Violet Hilton Violet Hilton ... Vivian Hamilton (as The Hilton Sisters)
Daisy Hilton Daisy Hilton ... Dorothy Hamilton (as The Hilton Sisters)
Mario Laval Mario Laval ... Andre Pariseau
Allen Jenkins ... Hinkley
Patricia Wright Patricia Wright ... Renée
Alan Keys Alan Keys ... Defense Attorney
Norval Mitchell Norval Mitchell ... Judge Mitchell (as Norvel Mitchell)
Edna Holland ... Mabel
Brian O'Hara Brian O'Hara ... Mr. MacKenzie
Herbert Lytton ... District Attorney
Jack Mulhall ... Dr. Thompson
James Hope James Hope ... (as Jim Hope)
Roy Regnier Roy Regnier ... Rev. Dr. Burnham
Zena Barry Zena Barry ... (as Zena Bary)
Tony Iavello Tony Iavello ... Singer (as Tony Lavello)
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Siamese twins are a singing act, apparently in vaudeville. Their manager, to drum up business bribes a man who has a shooting act to become romantically involved with her. The bribe works and business increases dramatically. The man proposes marriage and the proposal is accepted. He walks out on her on their wedding night to remain with his assistant with whom he has a relationship. The sister of the rejected bride shoots him during his act. The movie starts with the judge, who is hearing the case without a jury, advises us, the audience, that this is a difficult case. The movie poses the question of whether he can punish the one who is the shooter without punishing the other sister. Written by davidfbook@sbcglobal.net

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Joined together, how can they make love to separate husbands? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enchaînées pour la vie See more »

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Production Co:

Spera Productions Inc. See more »
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Runtime:

| (Film Detective DVD-R)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Much of the plot was derived from real events in the lives of Siamese twins Daisy Hilton and Violet Hilton: the sham-marriage for publicity; the difficulty getting a marriage license due to morals concerns; the vaudeville singing career. See more »

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Vivian Hamilton: we've always said we were like other people yet different; from the moment we started to crawl and the leg of the table got between us and we couldn't pass.
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Referenced in The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009) See more »

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Exploitation 101
11 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Chained For Life (1951)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The Hilton Sisters of FREAKS fame were brought back to the screen in this, at the time, controversial film that tries to take a closer look at their lives. The two sisters are part of a theater group and to make money their manager sets up a marriage. When the man hurts one of the sisters the other kills him and it's up to a judge to see how this should be handled. Unlike FREAKS, this caught me off guard because it wasn't simply an exploitation film, which is what I was expecting. The film shows the personally lives of these Siamese twins and it's all rather interesting. I think it would have been better had the film not started in the courtroom and then replayed the events as they happened. Either way, those fans of the Browning film should certainly check this one out.


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