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Deception (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 26 October 1946 (USA)
A piano teacher believes that her fiancé was killed on the battlefield. When he miraculously returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love had died.

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Irving Rapper
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Christine Radcliffe
Paul Henreid ... Karel Novak
Claude Rains ... Alexander Hollenius
John Abbott ... Bertram Gribble
Benson Fong ... Jimmy
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Storyline

Music teacher Christine Radcliffe thought her love Karel Novak died in the war. When he miraculously returns, she realizes she loves him more than ever and insists they marry. However, a wealthy composer, Hollenius with whom she had become involved after learning her real love had supposedly died, refuses to let her go and at her wedding reception offers Karel the chance to solo his new cello concerto and a chance at success... but is he planning to ruin Karel's music career and their marriage? Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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THE STAR OF 'STOLEN LIFE' STEALS ANOTHER LIFE! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Her Conscience See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the 1927 Louis Verneuil play "Monsieur Lamberthier" that opened in Paris. It came to Broadway as "Jealousy" which opened at Maxine Elliot's Theatre at 109 W. 39th St. on October 22, 1928 and ran for 136 performances until February 1929. It was re-staged under the title "Obsession" at the Plymouth Theatre at 236 W. 45th St., opening on October 1, 1946 and closing on October 26 after 31 performances. See more »

Goofs

A "dress rehearsal" is one where a production is run through with all aspects of the final performance (other than the paying audience, of course). At the dress rehearsal for the concerto, no one is wearing performance clothing, the lighting is full up, and the set is not arranged as it is for the actual performance. See more »

Quotes

Alexander Hollenius: She tells me your some sort of a genius, if such a term can be applied to a mere performer.
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Connections

Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Hollenius' Cello Concerto
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performed by Paul Henreid (dubbed by Eleanor Slatkin)
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"It's like grand opera, only the people are thinner" said one reviewer...
24 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

If you're in the mood for a flamboyant Bette Davis-Claude Rains melodrama, you've got to see this one. Rains all but steals the film as the genius composer with some of the cruelest and wittiest lines ever uttered by this talented actor. Bette matches him with a finely controlled display of emotions and Paul Henreid is altogether convincing in a rather thankless role as her ex-lover who re-enters her life and incurs the wrath of Rains. For the cello concerto, Erich Wolfgang Korngold provides a robust, darkly thrilling piece of work that gets the full treatment toward the climax of the story. A very satisfying look at Davis and Rains at the peak of their powers. I love the comment by Cecilia Ager of PM who wrote: "It's like grand opera, only the people are thinner. I wouldn't have missed it for the world." If you're a Claude Rains fan--and there are MANY, MANY of them out there--you might have read my profile on his career in CLASSIC IMAGES, a long article with many photos that appeared in the December 2000 issue.


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