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Dead Ringer (1964)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 19 February 1964 (USA)
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The working-class twin sister of a callous, wealthy woman impulsively murders her out of revenge and assumes her identity. But impersonating her dead twin is more complicated and risky than she anticipated.


Paul Henreid


Albert Beich (screenplay by), Oscar Millard (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »





Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Margaret DeLorca / Edith Phillips
Karl Malden ... Sgt. Jim Hobbson
Peter Lawford ... Tony Collins
Philip Carey ... Sgt. Hoag
Jean Hagen ... Didi Marshall
George Macready ... Paul Harrison
Estelle Winwood ... Dona Anna
George Chandler ... George
Mario Alcalde ... Garcia
Cyril Delevanti ... Henry
Monika Henreid ... Janet
Bert Remsen ... Dan Lister
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Apartment Manager
Ken Lynch ... Capt. Johnson


After the funeral of her brother-in-law, Edith Phillips learns that Margaret de Lorca, her rich twin sister, had tricked her way into marriage with the man she also loved. So she kills Margaret and assumes her identity and life-style. However, her life becomes complicated by her late sister's sleazy boyfriend, Tony Collins and Sgt. Jim Hobbson, a Los Angeles detective who loved the "dead" Edith. Written by alfiehitchie

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, now who's the fairest twin of all? See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Did You Know?


Lana Turner turned the film down because she didn't want to play twins. See more »


If there was ANY doubt about who Mrs. DeLorca was, simple fingerprinting would have solved the entire case in 5 mins. Even identical twins do not have identical sets of fingerprints. See more »


Margaret DeLorca: You really hate me, don't you? You've never forgiven me in all these years.
Edith Phillips: Why should I? Tell me why I should.
Margaret DeLorca: Well, we're sisters!
Edith Phillips: So we are... and to hell with you!
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Referenced in Feud: Bette and Joan: More, or Less (2017) See more »


Shuffle Off to Buffalo
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Bette Davis
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A great performance by a great actor.
1 July 2013 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

This movie could easily have become a sad and pathetic parody of the final stages of a great actor's career. Instead it marks another pinnacle in the history of one of Hollywood's greatest players, Bette Davis. There are not enough superlatives to describe her performance. Not only does Davis carry the movie, she is the movie. Her performance transcends the material. This movie is an example of where the actor succeeds in elevating the script. The story is cleverly written and beautifully photographed in a black and white context that sets the mood for the movie. But it is Bette Davis's performance as a twin which makes this movie not only watchable but fun to watch. Like Bette Davis herself, this movie has aged well. Davis has since departed us but her legacy lives on in her many wonderful movies, including this one.

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Release Date:

19 February 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Who Is Buried in My Grave? See more »


Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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