- Bette Davis opposite Glenn Ford
- Bette Davis play twins on screen at the same time
- And see Bette Davis' first and last producing venture.
Before I review, lets get this clear. Glamorous evil twin = Pat. Lovely painter twin = Kate.
A Stolen Life
- Bette Davis — Kate Bosworth and Patricia Bosworth
- Glenn Ford — Bill Emerson
- Dane Clark — Karnock
- Walter Brennan — Eben Folger
New England painter Kate Bosworth is on her way home to her family house on the island where her sister and cousin live. She misses the last ferry across to the island and hitches a ride with handsome lighthouse technician, Bill Emerson. She asks to paint the old lighthouse keeper so she can be near to Bill, and they start a relationship.
Bette Davis is lovely as Kate, hideous and pompous as Pat, and nervous and tentative as Kate pretending to be Pat. Glenn Ford is ok - he serves his purpose well and doesn't try to steal the show from Miss Davis (such an act would be impossible for an actor of his stature, and since she was also producer, could prove catastrophic for his career), and he has lovely hair, which I understand caused a lot of upset with the makeup department. Davis, however, didn't like producing very much and stated:
"I was no more allowed to be a producer than the man on the moon. As star in a dual role, I simply meddled as usual. If that was producing I'd been a mogul for years."
Nevertheless, the way they get Bette on as both twins at the same time is genius, and must have been very technically trying in 1946. A riveting watch.
Sorry I haven't posted since Christmas, I've been quite busy with film watching and recuperating after a long school term. Now the two language homework projects I have been postponing have caught up with me as I am going on a little three day trip to the seaside from Sunday to the end of the holiday, so I better start working on them soon. Before I go, I just have to say that I went shopping yesterday and I went into Hollister (sister shop of Abercrombie and Fitch, retro clothing) to buy a jumper and a pair of trackies and I have never been more traumatized in my life. They made the shop look like a beach hut and then painted everything dark brown with a few yellow pointed lights. This alone is enough to give you a migraine, but then once we had selected our items, they made us go all around the shop to get to the queue (cleverly they make you see everything before checking out). So yeah, there's my rant. Hopefully the things I bought will last forever and I won't have to go back in, or at least not until they redecorate!