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Lizzie (1957)

Approved | | Drama | 24 January 1958 (Finland)
During the 1950s, a Los Angeles psychiatrist uses hypnosis to treat a 25 year old woman who's suffering from multiple personality disorder.

Director:

Hugo Haas

Writers:

Mel Dinelli, Shirley Jackson (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eleanor Parker ... Elizabeth / Lizzie / Beth Richmond
Richard Boone ... Dr. Neal Wright
Joan Blondell ... Aunt Morgan James
Hugo Haas ... Walter Brenner
Ric Roman ... Johnny Valenzo
Dorothy Arnold ... Elizabeth's Mother
John Reach John Reach ... Robin
Marion Ross ... Ruth Seaton
Johnny Mathis ... Piano Singer
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Storyline

Elizabeth has reoccurring headaches and trouble sleeping. Threatening letters signed by Lizzie are given to her, but she does not know anyone named Lizzie. As her situation deteriorates, she goes to a Dr. Wright who hypnotizes her. Deep in her subconscious, Dr. Wright finds three personalities; Elizabeth, the shy one that everyone knows; Lizzie, the wild one like her mother; and Beth, the good one she should have become. Dr. Wright must help the personality of Beth become the only one. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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She led 3 strange lives! Which was her real self? See more »

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Drama

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Trivia

Eleanor Parker appears to be much older than her stated character's age of 25(she was actually 35). See more »

Goofs

In Mathis' first scene at the bar, the position of the microphone head and the drink near it on the piano keep changing positions between shots. See more »

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Warm and Tender
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Johnny Mathis
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The 3 Faces of Eleanor Parker
27 June 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

1957 was apparently a year for muliptle personalities. Joanne Woodward got her Oscar for The Three Faces Of Eve and Eleanor Parker came out with this film Lizzie.

With the acclaim that Woodward's film got which made her a star, Lizzie seems to be lost in the shuffle. That's a pity because Parker's performance is noteworthy and may have been Oscar worthy.

The similarities between the films are really astonishing. Parker is a woman with three recognizable personalities, a mousy good girl, a tramp who writes nasty letters to her other selves and a relatively normal type. Both go through some therapy with a psychiatrist in this film Richard Boone to find a cure. As is usual with films on mental illness the cure is way too simplistic. But the moviegoing public wants easy answers to life's problems. It's why they go to the cinema.

Also note a good performance by Joan Blondell as Lizzie's frowsy drunk of an aunt whom she lives with

Lizzie is wortthwhile viewing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1958 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Hidden Faces See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$361,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Bryna Productions See more »
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Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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