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A Stolen Life (1946)

A Stolen Life

Director:Curtis Bernhardt
Cast:Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Dane Clark
Genre:Film, Drama

By Luisa F. Ribeiro | Posted

It's written somewhere that there is a time and a place for everything. And that includes a time for the top-notch, glossy-black-and-white romantic schlock by which classic Hollywood was once defined. One of the best of what were variously called "women's pictures" and "weepies" comes from the super-emoting machine of her day, Bette Davis. A Stolen Life, which the maverick Davis also produced, chronicles the romantic travails of identical twins on the fog-enshrouded coast of Cape Cod: Katie, artistic, idealistic, and shy, and Pat, vivacious, reckless, and selfish. Naturally, Bette plays both roles to the hilt and, thanks to some nifty effects, fairly seamlessly. A striking young Glenn Ford co-stars as a lighthouse keeper who falls for both sisters but gets snatched up in marriage by Pat, until one of those utterly ridiculous but thoroughly enjoyable flukes that can only happen in the movies gives Katie an unusual second chance. Great support is lent by versatile character actor Walter Brennan, charming Charlie Ruggles, and macho Dane Clark

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