The 1st Annual Peter Lawford Blogathon – Dead Ringer (1964)


This is my second of 3 reviews for the The 1st Annual Peter Lawford Blogathon taking place this week and being hosted by Kristen of KN Winiarski Writes

Tnx for letting me partake Kristen!

“Maggie, darling! Forgive me for not coming to the cemetery yesterday but Tom has an absolute phobia about cemeteries. Besides, we had to go to this cocktail party in Pasadena. Entertainers. Darling, it was absolutely mad! You wouldn’t believe some of the things that went on.” – Dede Marshall

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Sep 2020)

Brief Synopsis – The identical twin sister of a wealthy heiress comes back into her life following the death of her husband where their rivalry is once again ignited.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I had never heard of before coming across it while trying to find films to watch for this blogathon.

The premise grabbed me immediately and I was quite curious to see more about what this story is all about.

The plot unfolds really well and we get to see Bette Davis in such a powerful and intriguing performances as she plays two very different sisters who are neither innocent.

The story moves along at a great pace and they do a wonderful job alluding to the rift between these sisters that took place decades earlier.

The different personalities between them helps us get a better understanding of how each of them reached the point in their lives that they now are at.

In addition to Davis, the supporting cats is superb here and Karl Malden and Peter Lawford are both great here as the men who love these two women.

They will both go to extreme lengths to prove that love which says so much about them.

This is a movie with some great twists and turns along the way that help make things so much more entertaining and thrilling to watch as things unfold in directions that one might not expect.

The film deals with the past (and present) rivalry of these sisters really well and explain the why of it all quite clearly.

Davis plays these characters really well and despite looking identical, their personalities are quite different.

She also is able to show the way that they each act towards others in very distinct ways.

This is a film that works really well in trying to deal with the reasons that people do things that they do and it stays really interesting and suspenseful from start to finish.

Bottom Line – Amazing story that works so well due to the stellar performance of Davis in the dual roles of the sisters. The plot plays out really well and we get a clear idea of the rift between these sisters and how very different their personalities are of one another. The supporting cast is superb with Malden and Lawford playing the men who love these women and we get to see the lengths they will each go to in order to prove that love. The story has some great twists and turns along the way that help make things so compelling to watch.  They do a wonderful job touching upon the kind of rivalry that they once had and the reasons why it begins anew. Davis plays both characters splendidly and we ca see the distinct differences between them as well as the nuances that each sister has. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As Karl Malden’s police sergeant character leaves his desk, he calls for a colleague named “Sekulovich” to toss him his hat. Malden’s birth name is, in fact, Sekulovich. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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