|A STOLEN LIFE (director: Curtis Bernhardt; screenwriters: Catherine Turney/Margaret Buell Wilder/based on the novel by Karel J. Benes; cinematographers: Sol Polito/ Ernest Haller; editor: Rudi Fehr; music: Max Steiner; cast: Bette Davis (Kate Bosworth), Glenn Ford (Bill Emerson), Charles Ruggles (Freddie Lindley), Bruce Bennett (Jack Talbot), Walter Brennan (Eben Folgor), Dane Clark (Karnock), Peggy Knudsen (Deidre), Esther Dale (Mrs. Johnson), Joan Winfield (Lucy, Clara Blandick (Martha); Runtime: 109; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Bette Davis; Warner Brothers; 1946)|
|"This unbelievable but
enjoyable drama with a New England setting,
is Bette Davis's first and last film as a
by Dennis Schwartz
unbelievable but enjoyable drama with a New England
setting, is Bette Davis's first and last film as a
producer. It's a remake of a 1938 British film that
starred Elisabeth Bergner. Ms.
Davis plays the double role of
identical twins, in a split-screen performance of
the good sister Kate and the bad sister Pat. She
was to repeat that type of twin portrayal
performance in the 1964 Paul Henreid's film
Dead Ringer. The German-born Hollywood
director Curtis Bernhardt ("Possessed"/"Sirocco"/"The
Blue Veil") encourages Ms. Davis to give an
over-the-top show-off performance, as one of the
sisters who steals the identity of the other. My
favorite line in the film has someone say: “Your
sister’s a very dangerous woman, Katie! She could
worm the secrets right out of a sphinx.”
It's based on the novel by Karel J. Benes, and is written by Catherine Turney and Margaret Buell
repressed painter Kate Bosworth (Bette Davis) falls in
love with the hunky
Massachusetts island lighthouse engineer,
Bill Emerson (Glenn Ford), stationed in nearby
Dragon Head, whom she meets while visiting her
cousin Freddie (Charles Ruggles).
Bill mentions that he has a new job in Boston waiting
for him, but promises to return to the area. Kate's
more aggressive sister Pat is also an island visitor.
When Bill meets her on the dock, he mistakes her for
Kate. Pat goes along with this and pretends to be Kate
Later Bill realizes his mistake when Kate appears.
train to Boston, Pat tags along with Bill and puts her
hooks in him. When Bill returns to the island, he has
fallen for Pat and they marry. After a while Bill is
about to take a new job in Chile to escape his bad
marriage. Kate can't get her mind off Bill, as she
realizes that she loves him. When the twins go
sailing, their boat crashes in a reef and Pat drowns.
Kate steals Pat's wedding ring and pretends to be her.
Kate pleads with hubby to give their marriage another
chance, and he asks her to give up her lover Jack
Talbot (Bruce Bennett). Things
get resolved when the intuitive Bill realizes that
Kate is Pat and that they were meant to be together,
and this time he marries the right twin.
REVIEWED ON 1/30/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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