Dead Ringer (1964)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1964.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by , , based on the story La Otra aka Dead Pigeon by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

It’s hard to contain Bette Davis into one role, so from time to time you’ve got to give her two. Playing twins for the second time in her career (the first time in A Stolen Life in 1946), this so-so melodrama has her once again doing a good sister-bad sister routine. The plot is quite similar to the aforementioned soaper as well, with Bad Bette murdering widowed Good Bette and taking her place in her rich lifestyle. Good Bette had married her twin’s flame years earlier, so now it remains to be seen if the bad one can pull her revenge off without a hitch and fool friends and servants into believing that she is who she says she is.  It has some fun moments with Davis camping it up, and the special effects are far more than decent, but otherwise it’s nothing special. The film’s director is Davis’s Now, Voyager co-star Paul Henreid.

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