Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1946. B.D. Production, Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Catherine Turney, adaptation by Margaret Buell Wilder, based on the novel Uloupeny Zivot by Karel J. Benes. Cinematography by Ernest Haller, Sol Polito. Produced by Bette Davis. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by Robert M. Haas. Costume Design by Orry-Kelly. Film Editing by Rudi Fehr. Academy Awards 1946.
What’s better than watching Bette Davis in a movie? Watching two Bette Davises in a movie! She plays twin sisters who are both in love with the same man (Glenn Ford) until the ‘good’ twin dies in a boating accident and the ‘bad’ twin takes her place and marries the unsuspecting Ford. The film is an average soap opera, but one worth watching just for the well-accomplished feat of putting Davis on screen twice at the same time; a scene that has one twin lighting the others’ cigarette reveals state-of-the-art visual effects that are hard to detect even today. Davis would once again double up in the sixties for the thriller Dead Ringer.