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Chained for Life (1952)

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
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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Storyline

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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The Loves and Lives of the Hilton Sisters See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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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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| (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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I didn't look for a courtroom epic, so I wasn't disappointed.
2 December 2000 | by richard.fuller1See all my reviews

If you want a story about gripping law drama, this isn't the place to go, but then I suspected that before I obtained the film. Chained for Life isn't Judging Amy, the Practice, Ally McBeal or Law & Order (thank goodness, if you ask me). It's pure grade B, with dead performances from Daisy and Violet Hilton, yet seems better than what I expected; filmed better and with interesting dialogue at times (the blind doctor the twins went to see about a separation). They sang better than I do and I was a single birth. Today's vaudeville is a webcam on the internet. And the music organ being played with a gun then stopping on one note was pure Hitchcock ( a master, yes, but at times, he stretched it too). The dream essentially summed up the movie: seeing how these conjoined twins lived and loved and contemplated being separated. They had a similar offering in Freaks, where one is engaged, yet the other one is always present. Both the dream and the doctor pretty well cover any curiosity about how they may have lived with their situation in real life.

If not for the completely and utterly disappointing ending which took place in less than five minutes and did not involve the sisters, the film might have held up better. Don't go looking for tense courtroom drama. It's not here. Want to see how someone copes with a physical challenge? This would be one to think about.


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