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  1. Thanks, I saw this one a long time ago  (about 20 years ago)  in L.A.  It continues to be a very good thriller and

    a good story for all concerned about the witchcraft//thriller about a girl who is concerned that someone else will

    take the supposed rival for her boyfriend's love.   

  2. 26 minutes ago, shutoo said:

    And Soon the Darkness (1970):  The tagline on the posters for this British thriller is "Remember the way Hitchcock kept you on the edge of your seat..?"  I couldn't pass that up, and guess what..this one lives up to the promo, with some stylish direction and camera work that would make Sir Alfred proud.  The film, shot in real time, does begin slowly, letting us get familiar with two young English women bicycling around France on their vacation.  Pamela Franklin is the more sensible of the two, but her friend Michele Dotrice is growing tired of the backroads, and is more interested in spotting French men, one of whom (Sandor Eles) seems to follow them everywhere on his motor scooter. When Dotrice complains she's tired and wants to take a break near a wooded area, the two quarrel, and Franklin pedals on alone.  She stops at a cafe (I use the term loosely..it's an old building with a wobbly table and one chair in front), and here we realize we are going to be put in Franklin's shoes--most of the people she will encounter are speaking French..there is no translation..we are as clueless regarding the situation as she is.  She goes back to find her friend..but she isn't there..nothing is there except her camera.  Alone, she goes back to try to find help, but every single person she encounters is suspicious.  The cafe' owner and her husband - always yelling, burning things, frightened of the police; an English school teacher who tells her of an unsolved murder here years before, but coldly claims 'women alone are asking for trouble'; an old deaf man who stands alone in the fields and stares a lot; the policeman who seems far too nonchelant and calm about her predicament; and of course, Eles.  Eles does speak English, and tells her he is a detective from Paris, who comes back regularly trying to solve the old murder.  He convinces her to go into the woods with him to search and has her trust temporarily..but he purposely exposes the film in the camera.  Whose picture is in there? Why, we all know Dotrice took his picture at a cafe earlier.  With all the confusion and inability to communicate, Franklin doesn't know who to trust..and neither does the viewer.  The tension grows to a palpable level when Franklin flees from Eles in an area of rusted-out cars and delapidated old trailers (this is not tourist-postcard France..) and peaks at a scene that rivals Mrs. Bates spinning around in her chair.  The performances, especially Franklin's, are all top notch, and most importantly..you just can't stop watching this 'day in the countryside'.  source: terrarium                                                         Image result for and soon the darkness 1970                                                       

     i saw this one too and was quite scared with edge of your seat suspense.  Pamela Franklin is always good to watch.  She was great in The Innocents with Deborah Kerr and others.

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  3. 36 minutes ago, spence said:

    WELP, once again damn post went bye, bye All I tried to do with a but was add to your "CROSSFIRE" post???

    I like Crossfire too and Film Noirs are my favorite.  I am sorry if I forgot to say Repeat Performance was the film I was referring to earlier.  It was a unique film I had seen as a child on TV and then I taped it when it was on again in the 80s.  Today I have a good copy on DVD.  Joan Leslie and Richard Basehart were superb especially, and others of note were Louis Hayward and Virginia Field as well as Natalie Shafer.

  4. On 2/28/2018 at 7:38 PM, Thenryb said:

    I am kind of with your kids on this. I have not been a movie collector over the years and really do not want to start collecting actual physical discs now. This desire not to own movie discs can be frustrating since I frequently run across a movie I want to see which is not available anywhere online (e.g. Resurrection with Ellen Burstyn which I finally found uploaded to youtube in a very fuzzy version).

    For me

     

    1 hour ago, laffite said:

    I am yearning for this one. NetF is a no go. It's on the tube for money. Hmmm ...

    Was going to say I had not heard of this one.  I would love to see it too!  If ever I find it will certainly get back with you!

    1 hour ago, laffite said:

    I am yearning for this one. NetF is a no go. It's on the tube for money. Hmmm ...

     

    1 hour ago, laffite said:

    I am yearning for this one. NetF is a no go. It's on the tube for money. Hmmm ...

    it is fun to select a favorite like an Bette Davis,

  5. 2 hours ago, laffite said:

    I have stayed on the disk service and I have an 8-at-a-time plan and I am happy as a lark with it. There are a few title in the SAVE list but I generally find what i want (which consists of several categories). You sound like someone from another planet ;). I live in a large city with a good library system but what they offer doesn't even come close to Netflix. I don't believe it is possible for non-members of Netflix to view the database but I may be wrong about that. If you can access though, you might take a look.

    Our grown kids think that DVDs are in the past, because of movies on the computer.  I love my collection of films and keep it going.  I collected VHS in the 80s and 90s, and my hubby transferred everything to DVD about 10 years ago.  I still tape on DVDs .  WE did have NEtflix, but now have TCM and a few other cable channels.  It would be fun to see what Netflix has now.

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  6. 19 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

    The Man I Married (1940) - Engrossing pre-war anti-Nazi propaganda from 20th Century-Fox and director Irving Pichel. American Carol (Joan Bennett) is married to German immigrant Eric Hoffman (Francis Lederer), and the two decide to travel to Germany, along with their young son, to settle some business matters and to see the country. While Carol has heard some rumblings about Nazi abuses of power and the use of concentration camps, she's shocked and appalled by the extent of it, while Eric feels a renewed sense of pride in what he sees as his homeland returning to prominence. Carol begins to fear that she's losing Eric to the Nazi ideology, even while her contact with an American reporter (Lloyd Nolan) is putting a spotlight on just how far gone the Nazis and Germany really are. Also featuring Otto Kruger, Maria Ouspenskaya, Anna Sten, Ludwig Stossel, and Johnny Russell.

    This was controversial, inflammatory stuff at the time of its release, and Fox pulled the picture from theaters soon after release. It's certainly one of the most unequivocal anti-Nazi American movies from before the war that I've seen. Bennett is good as the increasingly alarmed surrogate stand-in for Americans unaware or unwilling to face what was happening in Europe. Anna Sten is very hissable as the fanatical Nazi adherent that tries to sway Lederer's mind and heart.   (7/10)

    Source: TCM.

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    A very well-acted film which is quite intriguing with a marvelous cast.  It's a frightening situation where the Nazi power may continue to sway many.  Joan Bennett is one of my favorites, and it is good to see many others that were entertaining in other films. 

    Among the cast,  I really like Francis Lederer and Maria Ouspenskaya.  Francis was quite notable in The Madonna's Secret, and Maria was great to see in The Wolf Man and Kings Row, etc.   Anna Sten was notable in some 30s films;  I first saw her in an early 30s tragedy with Gary Cooper.

    In this film, they are all believable and quite real.

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  7. 30 minutes ago, Fedya said:

    Millie (1931).

    Helen Twelvetrees stars in this thoroughly unmodern movie as a woman who flits from one lover to the next, leaving each time when she finds the guy is cheating on her.  She got married to the first lover and had a daughter by him before divorcing him and letting his rich family bring up the girl.

    Time passes, and the daughter (Anita Louise) is now 16 years old.  One of the former lovers (not the girl's Dad) decides he's going to start going to church so he can perv on Millie's daughter!  When Millie finds out, she shoots the guy!  I'd say shades of Madame X, except that the daughter knows it's Mom who shot him.  Mom doesn't want to reveal what really happened at the trial, however.

    Twelvetrees does her best with the idiotic material.  Frank McHugh and Joan Blondell have early supporting roles.  5/10.

    I like Millie, which was the first Helen Twelvetrees film I had seen in the 80s.  My mother liked her films too, and mentioned The Young Bride as her favorite.  I saw this later and had to agree. 

    With Millie, Helen's character was trying to save her innocent daughter from John Halliday's character.  He had boasted to friends about his affair with the mother when he was drunk in a nightclub.  Later, she found this former lover preying upon her daughter and acted to save her.  The film builds to a climax as her trial progresses in court. 

    Yes, it was nice to see Frank McHugh and Joan Blondell in their early supporting roles.  I usually don't give a number, but would give Millie a 6 out of 10.

     

  8. On 2/23/2018 at 1:20 AM, laffite said:

    The Damned Don't Cry (1950) = The movie suffers from the frailty of the narrative and the lack of a cohesively conceived and believable main character. Both are decisively unrealistic. The movie survives because the embodiment of the main character is Joan Crawford, which subordinates plot and irreality and elevates suspension of disbelief so that her performance can be viewed undismissed and enjoyed. It's fine but not as compelling as some others she did in this period, say, between 1945-53, from Mildred Pierce to Sudden Fear. Staunch fans are not likely to be disappointed however ; and yet she isn't the whole show. The mild-mannered bookkeeper Kent Smith (not Clark Kent, haha), the towering robot-like stepper crime boss David Brian, as well as the California-based enfant terrible of the organization, Steve Cochran, are all good.

    **

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    I agree that the story lacks a cohesive structure for the main character.  Because Joan Crawford was known for many superb roles, I think the movie was initially able to stay afloat. People enjoyed it largely due to Joan's efforts in her role.  The remaining key roles also enhanced the film; her meek bookkeeper friend, Kent Smith, (not Clark Kent, -smile,  but quite kind and appealing), and the terribly frightening crime boss, David Brian.  He has an intriguing personality which jumps from kindness to unwarranted suspicion in an instant.  There is an interesting scene in which Joan's character meets his subdued wife, but she had seemed younger in a painting she had just viewed.  Somehow, it never gets clarified.  .....Also, the powerful Steve Cochran, handsome but even more dangerous in the organization than David's character.  The two men's attraction to Joan and their enmity toward each other leads to a possible tragic denouement.  

    When we put these suspenseful ingredients together,  it makes an impressive film.  All are very good and ultimately believable in their roles.

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  9. 34 minutes ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

    According to IMDb, Helen Westley died in 1942, But she had a really impressive career in sound films before she did. (Maybe 20+ titles.)

     

    ps- I also LOVE ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO. I can ALWAYS watch that movie.

    Me too!    It was Mom's favorite film and later mine too.  I first saw it as a teen on the Early Show and later came to appreciate everyone in the film.  Bette Davis and Charles Boyer are 2 of my very favorites, plus Barbara O'Neil was quite impressive as the jealous wife of the Duke.   Great to see June Lockhart as the oldest daughter.

    Sadly, I just looked up Helen Westley, and she died 2 years later, in '42 at the age of 67.  So she played older parts at times.  Whatever the part, she was superb.

  10. Yes. the film was not as interesting as I had anticipated and Alice's appearance was complimented a great deal in it.  It was a great cast, but you are right that Warren William's great talent was wasted there in his role.

    I do think that Alice was quite lovely in some earlier films.  My favorite in which she sang beautifully as well, was Poor Little Rich Girl ('35) with Shirley Temple.  Her songs were lovely and timeless.  Shirley chimed in later, but Alice's songs were quite marvelous.  Though Shirley was quite talented too, it is Alice's character that is riveting.  Anyone who has not caught this one, it is my favorite Shirley Temple film and was not even included in a boxed set of her films a few years ago.  Luckily, I was able to tape a lovely copy.

  11. 18 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

    Lillian Russell (1940) - Another hokey, ham-fisted theatrical biopic, this time with music, from 20th Century Fox and director irving Cummings. Helen Leonard (Alice Faye) hopes for a career in the opera, but is told her voice isn't good enough. However, since she's so stunningly beautiful, she should still get musical training for the traditional theater, because that's how that works. Theatrical producer Tony Pastor (Leo Carrillo) discovers her and, changing her name to Lillian Russell, he makes her a stage star. Her talent wins her fans the world over, as well as the admiration of many powerful men, such as Diamond Jim Brady (Edward Arnold) and songwriter Edward Solomon (Don Ameche), but her heart truly belongs to hometown reporter Alexander (Henry Fonda). Also featuring Warren William, Helen Westley, Dorothy Peterson, Ernest Truex, Nigel Bruce, Lynn Bari, Claud Allister, Una O'Connor, Eddie Foy Jr., and Weber & Fields.

    People spend a lot of time in this movie telling Alice Faye how beautiful she is. A lot of time, repeatedly warning her that her beauty is so magnificent that her life will be difficult because of it. Faye is told how gorgeous she is so many times that it starts to seem like a self-esteem exercise rather than a narrative. And I don't find Faye that pretty, to be honest, so it makes the repetition that much more noticeable. Ameche plays a grouch, and Fonda has to do his wide-eyed sincerity good-guy shtick, while Arnold hams it up repeating a role he had played in an earlier film, and Warren William is completely wasted. Fonda was said to have regretted this movie the most of any he did under contract to Fox. The musical aspects are also lackluster, with no major musical numbers, just pieces of songs here and there, and a couple of minor full performances. Like many of these biopics, it's also an excuse for some nostalgia wallowing, this time with Eddie Foy Jr. playing his father doing an old stage bit, and vaudeville comedy duo dinosaurs Weber & Fields doing some hoary bits. The movie earned one Oscar nomination, for Best Art Direction (Richard Day, Joseph C. Wright).   (5/10)

    Source: Fox DVD, with a feaurette on the real Lillian Russell.

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  12. 2 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    In a complete coincidence, I'm now watching another theatrical biopic, also featuring Helen Westley.

    I love Helen Westley too!  Her performances are superb!  She was great in All This and Heaven Too, which is my favorite film.  She was also in Anne of Green Gables, '34, etc.  My dad used to point her out in 30's films too, along with Walter Brennan and Harry Davenport, etc.   Not sure when she died, but a great loss to the Golden Age of films.  Going to look her up.

    2 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

    Hells got around; I think she was big on the stage before film came along.

    Can't remember when she died, but I want to say it was the early forties...?

    2 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

    Hells got around; I think she was big on the stage before film came along.

    Can't remember when she died, but I want to say it was the early forties...?

    2 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

    Hells got around; I think she was big on the stage before film came along.

    Can't remember when she died, but I want to say it was the early forties...?

     

  13. 1 hour ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

    Fortunately I have the DVD so I can watch it anytime I want.

    Great women in prison film BTW. Eleanor Parker is just brilliant in it. 

    I taped it one time.  I remember seeing it on TV when I was 10 or 11 in the early 60s.  It made quite an impact! 

    Eleanor Parker and all the others delivered a compelling performance.

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  14. 42 minutes ago, Princess of Tap said:

    Lloyd Nolan was the co-star of the groundbreaking TV show Julia,  starring Diahann Carroll.

    My favorite role for him on classic TV was as Bugs Moran on The Untouchables.

     And I really enjoyed one of his last roles, which would have been the father to Hannah's Sisters with Mia Farrow's real life mom, Maureen O'Sullivan, playing his wife.

    I like Lloyd especially in Somewhere in the Night with John Hodiak and Nancy Guild  and  in The Lemon Drop Kid.

    He played a diverse quality of roles, which made every film more intriguing.  I do remember him  on the TV Show, Julia,  with  Dihann Carroll and Lurene Tuttle. 

  15. 33 minutes ago, laffite said:

    I wish I could remember this one better, though I recall enjoying it a lot, more than expected. Your criticisms are right on but it was fun anyway. Joan Crawford personas are not reticent by any means but I don't think I know a more voluble Joanie than here. But I found her appealing, as well as the rest of the cast.

    I remember this one from awhile ago.  It is an interesting theme, and  I have met people who were overbearing about religion and indoctrinating others like that.  Joan was good in the role and made it more than worth watching, as with all of her roles.

  16. 1 hour ago, LawrenceA said:

    Act like a fool on Christmas morning, and you'll have to deal with the cat.

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    They both want the wrapping paper!  Ours does too!  Completely bowled over!

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  17. 4 hours ago, Swithin said:

    Earlier in The Meyerowitz Stories, Hoffman is shown watching TCM. The film seems to be The Awful Truth.

    I like that too.  I think it is The Awful Truth played so adeptly by Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.  Love their repartee and the clever ending.

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  18. On 12/17/2017 at 11:59 AM, LawrenceA said:

    Treasure Island (1934) - Pirate adventure tale for the whole family, based on Robert Louis Stevenson's book, from MGM and director Victor Fleming. Jackie Cooper stars as Jim Hawkins, a boy working in his mother's seaside inn. One night a crusty old sea dog named Billy Bones (Lionel Barrymore) arrives with a large chest which he zealously guards. When circumstances lead to it being opened, a treasure map is inside, which inspires Squire Trelawney (Nigel Bruce) to sponsor a sea voyage to look for the hidden booty. Jim goes along for the journey, and befriends a one-legged sea veteran named Long John Silver (Wallace Beery) who may turn out to be more than just a ship's cook. Also featuring Lewis Stone, Otto Kruger, Douglass Dumbrille, "Chic" Sale, William V. Mong, Charles McNaughton, Edmund Breese, Dorothy Peterson, Cora Sue Collins, and Bruce Bennett.

    I read Stevenson's book as a kid, but I never watched any of the many film adaptations until fairly recently, when I watched the 1990 TV movie version starring a young Christian Bale as Jim and Charlton Heston as Long John Silver. This MGM version manages to do more in less time, and I liked Beery in the Silver role much more than Heston. Cooper, on the other hand, gives an awful "movie-kid" performance that pulled me out of the story with almost every line he uttered. I tend to be overly harsh on kids in movies (I'm not a fan), so letting that slide, this is an enjoyable adventure tale with excellent costumes and settings. This was a big hit, and helped spur a boom in nautical films and other period adventure movies, such as the following year's Captain Blood and Mutiny on the Bounty.   (7/10)

    Source: YouTube.

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    I like this version best too.  The acting is very good.  It is wonderful seeing Wallace Beery in his role and the others are absorbing as well.  Child star Jackie Cooper seems appealing in his role.

  19. 14 minutes ago, Hoganman1 said:

    Well I just watched Casablanca (for the umpteenth time) and The Postman Always Rings Twice.

    First, Casablanca is my all time favorite film. I never get tired of watching it. Bogart is wonderful, Ingrid Bergman is gorgeous, and the supporting cast is perfect. What  would I give to walk into Rick's on a warm night and have Karl or Sasha serve me a glass of the "good" brandy while listening to Sam play and sing.

    Second, I'm just now becoming familiar with John Garfield's work. The Postman has to be one of his best. So far I've seen this film and Breaking Point. I'm really looking forward to seeing his other films. Also, what can one say about Lana Turner that hasn't already been said. She had me when she dropped the lipstick in her first scene.

    I watched Casablanca again recently.  It is in my top ten films!  Bogart was intriguing, Ingrid gorgeous, and  all the others were wonderfully picked for cast.  Sydney Greenstreet, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, etc. were great too.  Sam was great to listen to with his intriguing singing and playing.

    Yes, John Garfield was an underrated actor.  When you have seen more of his films, you will see what I mean.  Postman is his best and Breaking Point was good too.  And then we have more masterpieces along the way.  There is a sad and dangerous wartime story where he risks his life for a beautiful girl who is in danger. I liked Gentleman's Agreement as well that stars Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire.   And regarding Lana, she was wonderful in Postman (with Garfield) and several other films, like Madame X and Portrait in Black.  In addition to her beauty, one really believes in the story when seeing her on screen.  She radiates a sincerity and appeal.

  20. 1 hour ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    The film is OK as you note.   One thing is that Liz doesn't give a very convincing performance.   E.g.  in scenes where she is angry she comes off as 'Ok,  director,  is that how you want me to do angry?'.    What makes all of this stand out even more is the very solid performance of Eva Marie Saint.

    Yes, Eva Marie Saint seemed more convncing in her role than Liz did.  Liz is more convincing in other roles like National Velvet and Elephant Walk.  She was also more convincing as a child in Jane Eyre.

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  21. 1 hour ago, LawrenceA said:

    Street Without End (1934) - Silent Japanese melodrama from Shochiku and director Mikio Naruse. Sugiko (Setsuko Shinobu) is a young waitress with a bright future. The day after her boyfriend proposes marriage, she's also offered a contract with a film studio to become a movie star. These wonderful options are both lost when she's accidentally hit by a car. The vehicle belongs to rich guy Hiroshi (Hikaru Yamanouchi), and he feels personally responsible, even if it was his chauffeur driving. He makes sure that Sugiko gets all the medical care she needs, while also falling in love with her, but his status-conscious mother and sister disapprove. Also featuring Akio Isono, Nobuko Wakaba, Ayako Katsuragi, Shin'ichi Himori, Chiyoko Katori, Ichiro Yuki, Yukiko Inoue, and Takeshi Sakamoto.

    This fits firmly in the "women's picture" weepie genre that Naruse specialized in during the sound era (this would be his final silent film). Shinobu is good as the pure-at-heart Sugiko who gets driven to the emotional edge through no fault of her own. There's a subplot about Sugiko's former roommate becoming a film star, and her relationship with a struggling artist, that doesn't really add to the proceedings, and the film could have been tightened up with its omission. There are a few clever filming tricks used, such as a car crash being depicted not by the vehicle being shown wrecked, but rather having the personal effects of the car's occupants shown falling down a cliff in close-up.   (7/10)

    Source: FilmStruck.

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    Thanks for posting.  Sorry I missed this one.  It sounds very appealing on different levels.

  22. 26 minutes ago, speedracer5 said:

    I agree that Robert Montgomery's decision (or perhaps it was the screenwriter's decision?) to present the story in a first person perspective was an interesting choice.  I understand that Chandler hated this decision and refused an on-screen credit for his participation in this film.  Personally, I preferred how first person perspective was used in Dark Passage over how it was used in Lady in the Lake.  Though I do like both films. 

    I too felt that the first person perspective was a unique choice, but did prefer how it was done in Dark Passage.  I agree on that.   Both are good Film Noirs, but one of my favorites is Dark Passage

  23. 48 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    The character Audrey Totter plays (Adrienne Fromsett)  is NOT a femme fatale.   At the end the noir protagonist (Marlow), and Fromsett decide to leave to start a new life together.    With a perfect femme fatale the man ends up dead like Jeff in Out of the Past or Jim in The Killers.    (thus Jane Greer or Ava Gardner are the perfect femme fatale in those films).

    In The Lady in the Lake the actual femme fatale is "the woman Marlowe meets (Jayne Meadows), the one who asked for money from Kingsby, turns out to be Mildred Havelend, alias Mrs. Falbrook, alias Muriel. She is the one who killed Chrystal (the "lady in the lake"), as well her former employer's wife and Lavery".

     

     

     

     

    I really like The Lady in the Lake.  Great film!  Yes, Adrienne Fromsett (played beautifully by Audrey Totter) is not really a femme fatale, but seemed cold and uncaring to Marlowe's character.  Robert Montgomery (a debonair and superb Marlowe), was usually professional, but we can see him responding to Adrienne eventually.

    Beneath the surface of other characters we discover their true motivations.  Mrs. Falbrook (skillfully played by Jayne Meadows) had a number of aliases and killed the lady in the lake, as well as others standing in her way.

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  24. 4 minutes ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

    Watched Dead Ringer, a 1964 film starring Bette Davis, in a plot very similar to A Stolen Life....once again she plays dual roles of twin sisters, the naughty once again ends up  dying....but there are differences in it. In A Stolen Life (SPOILERS) the bad sister's death is truly an accident, in Dead Ringer, the 'good' sister deliberately kills her wicked sis in cold blood.

    And (SPOILER ALERT) unlike in A Stolen Life, 'good' sister Edith (the fact that she kills her sister out of spite to inherit her wealth and glamourous lifestyle makes me question how truly good she was in the first place) doesn't get the happy ending, not that she really deserved to get it by the end of the film. She ends up going to the gas chamber for the murder of her sister's husband that her sister committed with her lover Peter Lawford. Poor Karl Malden (Edith's cop boyfriend) is left in the lurch wondering if the woman being taken to Death Row is in fact the woman that he loved and wanted to marry.

    Interesting film. Not up there with All About Eve, The Little Foxes or even the earlier twin sister scenario A Stolen Life, but I found it very much watchable. 7/10 from me.

    I liked Dead Ringer too with Bette Davis.  It is similar in some ways to A Stolen Life.  She was good in it and so was Peter Lawford.  It was very watchable.   Here was the good twin to start with killing her faithless sister and taking her identity.  A number of complications arose, one which had been a signature problem.  She has to pretend to injure her arm so her signature would not be detected as an imposter.

    She had a number of things to avoid when impersonating her twin sister.  She could not sign any papers and provided for the signature problem, but she was not aware that her sister did not treat the dog well.  I was touched about the dog.  She struck up a great rapport with him, but it looked suspicious to Peter Lawford's character who was beginning to see her deceptions.  In turn, she was to find out more about her sister's duplicity, as she had been unfaithful to her husband with him.

    Yes, it was sad for Karl Malden's character who did not know if the lady he loved was really genuine.  All he knew is that she went to the chair for murder.  He had lost his lady love and did not know the real story or if this was truly the right twin.  It was ironic that Evie had been the good sister to start with.  Not wishing to hurt him further, she would not disclose the true situation.  So he is pained and conflicted.

    Though not up to The Stolen Life, or The Little Foxes, I found the twin scenario very interesting too.

     

     

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