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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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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Henreid could not play the cello. While he was able to fake it in the long shots, to achieve the illusion in close up, he wore a special jacket with no sleeves and holes for two real cellists to insert their arms - one to bow, and one to accurately finger the music - while seated behind him, out of shot. See more »

Goofs

There is no blood on the evening clothes of the person who is shot, either prior to death or after falling down the stairs. See more »

Quotes

Christine Radcliffe: You must promise me.
Alexander Hollenius: Could you believe me if I promised?
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Connections

Referenced in This Is Your Life: Bette Davis (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Hollenius' Cello Concerto
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performed by Paul Henreid (dubbed by Eleanor Slatkin)
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This Movie, Seen On TV 30 Years After Its Release, Gave Me An Education In Music
7 September 2004 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

The world's greatest living composer, Alexnder Hollenius. Those words echoed in my dreams as a young man. The Haydn, Schubert, and Mozart used so artfully by Korngold did too. And his cello concerto is a fine work in itself!

The plot is minimal and at the same time overblown. Bette Davis and Hollsnius (the always brilliant Rains)have been "involved," a bit scandalously for the time of the movie's release. Enter Bette's true love, thought bu her to by dead, Henreid: a cello virtuoso.

The rest is kind of paint by numbers but it's very chic and well played (especially by the imperious Maestro, Rains.)

However, the score is sublime and right up there at the top of uses of music by American movies.

Had this been directed by Max Ophuls, it would have been a great movie. As it is, it's a very, very good movie. A movie with lovely sounds and many moments of high camp.


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