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Super Reviewer
½ April 8, 2013
A twist ending is the cherry on top of this okay thriller spiced with performances by always solid method actor Karl Malden and gliding-by-on-my-looks pretty boy, Peter Lawford , but anchored by the grande dame w/o the self parody that tainted her later work. Look to see the difference between how Bette smooches Karl, her boyfriend, and Peter, her, uh, other boyfriend, its worth the admission price alone.
March 25, 2013
Dead Ringer is a superb film and I think it is not only one of the most underrated Bette Davis films, but also one of her very best. I found it to be a gripping and thoroughly compelling suspense film that wouldn't let me go until it was finished due mostly to Bette Davis's absolutely stunning performances playing twin sisters. The film also has many surprises up its sleeve as the plot unfolds and dark secrets are revealed. This is one of the most underrated films ever and it deserves a lot more attention because it is an amazing film, in my opinion.
August 18, 2012
There's something about Dead Ringer which keeps it from being in the same league as other Bette Davis films like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane or All About Eve. Surely it runs at least 20 minutes too long and the central conceit, Davis playing dueling twins, is jettisoned far too quickly to get on with the actual plot. The ending is a bit of an anti-climax, all things considered, but you know what? This is a lavish production with Davis front and center throughout. A whole range of problems comes to mind with taking someone else's identity, though the movie never really pummels the audience with those issues. Maybe it wants the audience to think about them independently. Maybe the movie just doesn't care to think any of those things through or show the problems on screen. Either way, Dead Ringer is still recommended.
July 13, 2012
Poor Edith takes revenge on rich twin sister Margaret for stealing the man she once loved. After killing her sister, Edith takes on the unexpectedly dificult task of assuming her sister's identity. This is the kind of entertaining thriller that would seem silly in the wrong hands, but is emmensely worthwhile with Bette Davis playing a dual role. Karl Malden is dependably solid as a policeman who loved Edith, while Peter Lawford is amusing in a smaller role as a devious playboy.
½ July 11, 2012
Bette Davis does it once again!!!
½ March 12, 2012
Well-made thriller weighed down only by the annoying, harpsicord-dominated score. Excellent Cast and Bette Davis, always playing herself, did superbly
½ March 10, 2012
Columbo - Columbo + Bette x 2 = Dead Ringer
December 3, 2011
Not a great movie compared to her true classics like All About Eve, Now Voyager , Jezabel, Watch On The Rhine, Dark Victory etc but if one Bette can always make a movie at least watchable, 2 Bettes, one good & the other bad (& better) has to be an essential must-see
October 29, 2011
Not my favourite Bette Davis movie but solid watch none the less. A good story.
September 24, 2011
You do not want to mess with Bette Davis, especially if you're...Bette Davis! What a messed up, twisty, and downright nasty little movie! Beware though, this film is in Black & White, but don't be movie racist, check it out!
½ August 31, 2011
Bette Davis plays her own twin in this one! This is an excellent one and keeps you interested.
½ July 9, 2011
What more can I say but two Bettes are better than one!
March 7, 2011
Watching Bette Davis undress a corpse is the perverse highlight of this twisty movie about awful twins (both played with little difference by Davis). Malden staggers around totally missing the love lorn puppy cop. If this movie had been told from his character's perspective, then this could have been a giant of detective noir. As it plays out, though, the picture seems to miss a lot of cues and totally loses momentum when the GOLF PRO (!) slimes his way into the story. I would have liked to know more about Estelle Winwood's creepy hanger on...
½ February 28, 2011
Unfortunately, the music meister overdoes the harpsichord. Fortunately, Bette Davis overdoes playing Bette Davis. Her ultra-stagey shenannigans contrast nicely with Karl Malden's casual cop. PS The plot seems to take forever to unravel, but it's not a bit dissatisfying when it finally does.
December 7, 2010
Bette Davis plays dueling twin sisters; one rich, one poor. One commits murder and pretends to be the other. Take a wild guess. Pure fun. I finally own a copy!!!
Super Reviewer
December 4, 2010
This is a cool thriller, Davis plays twins, and the rest of the cast is good too. I really liked this movie, it's thrilling.
November 27, 2010
A Double Dose Of BETTE DAVIS !!!
November 27, 2010
Bette Davis did it again, maybe to a lesser extent in comparison to Baby Jane and Sweet Charlotte, but still Dead Ringer is a highly entertaining Bette Davis thriller her fans(like me) should not miss.
½ October 4, 2010
Maybe not Bette's best performance, but definitely one of her campiest. Way better than Cronenberg's remake...
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