Story [from a novel by Karel J. Benes] unfolds leisurely in telling of a sister who assumes her twin's identity in order to find love.

Story [from a novel by Karel J. Benes] unfolds leisurely in telling of a sister who assumes her twin’s identity in order to find love.

Bette Davis appears as a sweet, sincere, artistic girl, and as this girl’s man-crazy sister. When the latter, by trickery, marries man with whom former has fallen in love and is later drowned in a boating accident, the sweet girl takes on her sister’s identity in a try for happiness. Script spends a great deal of footage establishing life in New England summer resorts. Since it is a woman’s story, dialog hands plenty of cliches to male players, particularly to Glenn Ford as the man in love with both sisters.

Dane Clark appears briefly in role of rude artist. Role is difficult and not a fortunate one for Clark. Walter Brennan gives a good character reading to his part of a salty old down’easter.

Special photography for dual role played by Davis is the best yet. At no time is double exposure or other tricks used to bring the characters together in scenes apparent. Credit for trick work goes to Willard Van Enger and Russell Collings.

1946: Nomination: Best Special Effects.

A Stolen Life

Production

Warner/BD. Director Curtis Bernhardt; Producer Bette Davis; Screenplay Catherine Turney; Camera Sol Polito, Ernest Haller; Editor Rudi Fehr; Music Max Steiner; Art Director Robert M. Haas

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Bette Davis Glenn Ford Dane Clark Walter Brennan Charles Ruggles Bruce Bennett
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