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Dead Ringer (1964)

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.

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Paul Henreid

Writers:

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

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 Mario Alcalde ... Garcia
Cyril Delevanti ... Henry
Monika Henreid Monika Henreid ... Janet
Bert Remsen ... Dan Lister
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Apartment Manager
Ken Lynch ... Capt. Johnson
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Storyline

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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What Bette Davis does to Bette Davis and to Karl Malden and Peter Lawford in DEAD RINGER is just what "Baby Jane" people will adore! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Who Is Buried in My Grave? See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Eadie is dropped off at her bar by George the chauffeur, there is a building under construction in the background. It is the headquarters for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power at 111 N. Hill St. on Bunker Hill. It was completed in May 1965 and renamed the John Ferraro Building in 2000 after the city's longest-serving city council member. See more »

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Edie's framed "first-earned dollar" from her cocktail lounge has an inscription dated "New Years 1957" but the signature on the dollar bill is from JFK's Secretary of the Treasury, who did not begin until 1961. See more »

Quotes

Margaret DeLorca: When are you going back to San Francisco?
Edith Phillips: I haven't lived in San Francisco for ten years. Not since father died. A wino.
Margaret DeLorca: A wino?
Edith Phillips: Yes. He drank wine because he couldn't afford to buy whiskey anymore. After he was fired off the Express and every other newspaper west of the Rockies. They finally took him away in a straitjacket.
Margaret DeLorca: Oh, Edie, how awful! Poor Father. Why didn't you ever tell me?
Edith Phillips: Well, I did let you know about the funeral. But you didn't come... somehow.
Margaret DeLorca: We must have been in Europe. ...
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Shuffle Off to Buffalo
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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The absolute best!.....
26 July 2007 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

Bette Davis here excels in "Grand Guignol" version of melodrama.

She looks intimidating and beautiful, has several lovers, and a life of deception. This is a must not miss film, which I watched with my mother as a child.

Ms. Davis plays Edie, the understated down at heel bar owner who is in love with modest detective Karl Malden. She is tired of her life, and after owing a great deal of money, attempts to reconcile with her wealthy sister, Mrs. DeLorca.

Mrs. DeLorca (also Davis) is an opportunist. Not happy, but wealthy. Somehow a change of identity occurs, and Edie ends up dead.

Beautiful cinematography as Edie's sister in her Beverly Hills Mansion. Duke, the Great Dane ( great dog) adds a nice nuance to the story. There are also some amusing scenes with Peter Lawford as an ex-lover, now discarded.

All in all this is a superior film which you will want to watch more than twice. Highly recommended. 9/10.


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