Saturday, January 12, 2013

Dead Ringer 1964

Like Bette Davis? Then you'll love two of her, and evil to boot! This fab flick starts Bette playing twins, one who is jealous and the other who gets offed!



Bette first plays Margaret, who is mean and rich and newly widowed. Without remorse, Margaret gets a surprise visit from estranged sister Edith, also played by Bette. The two get together at Margaret's house after the funeral and Edith sees how rich her sister really is. She also learns that Margaret tricked her way into marriage many years ago when Edith also had the hots for the dead husband. Edith gets jealous a angry. 



Back at home, Edith is in a loveless relationship with a cop named  Jim. She is deep in dept with her night club and devises a plan.   She calls Margaret to come over and when she gets there, she kills her! Trading outfits, the plan is going right until annoying boy toy Jim stops by. Edith has to talk him away and the plans continue to take Margaret's identity. 





Edith assumes Margaret's life "grieving" her husband's death and her sister's "suicide". Edith realizes that Margaret isn't a saint had had a man in the side named Tony. But the new Margaret isn't into it, and she finds herself in some sticky situations. Jim keeps in contact with Margaret and is not quite sure what happened to Edith and confesses his too late love. 


Margaret's fling Tony finds out the truth and then blackmails Margaret for money. Jim keeps pressing her for info and the investigation about Edith's suicide starts to take a turn. Will the truth come out? Will Edith pull off the murder and assumed identity forever?



Lana Turner was first for the role but turned it down. This film was applauded for the great special effects used to allow Bette to be side by side with herself. A class evil Bette movie, I really loved this oldie!

3 comments:

wacky tacky said...

You know I love this one! Karl Malden is the tops! One of my favorite parts of the movie is Perry Blackwell's jazz organ! Perry also appears in "Pillow Talk" at the piano bar Doris and Rock go to on a date; she is GREAT!!! I wish I could find more recording of her music!

Anonymous said...

heThis is one of my favorite Bettie Davis movies ever. Her eyes tells it all. They shift from left to right whenever she finds herself in an uncompromising situation. I never knew that she was such an amazing actress. Peter Lawford was an amazing actor as well. In the movie somehow, I didn't see them as such a great couple. She looked much more older than him. Karl Malden played a terrific part in the movie. He seemed more appropriate as Bettie Davi's twin lover. The mansion in this 1964 movie was simply exquisite. I wish that were more actresses like Bette Davis today.

Anonymous said...

This is one of my favorite Bettie Davis movies ever. Her eyes tells it all. They shift from left to right whenever she finds herself in an uncompromising situation. I never knew that she was such an amazing actress. Peter Lawford was an amazing actor as well. In the movie somehow, I didn't see them as such a great couple. She looked much more older than him. Karl Malden played a terrific part in the movie. He seemed more appropriate as Bettie Davi's twin lover. The mansion in this 1964 movie was simply exquisite. I wish that were more actresses like Bette Davis today.