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50 Movie Sibling Rivalries
The brothers and sisters who just can’t seem to get along

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A Stolen Life (1946) / Dead Ringer (1964)

Dead Ringer (1964)

The siblings: Twins Kate and Patricia Bosworth (both Bette Davis) / Margaret DeLorca and Edith Phillips (ditto)

What puts them at odds? In A Stolen Life, Kate replaces her sister after she’s washed overboard during a sailing trip. Dead Ringer finds Edith murdering Margaret and assuming her rich life – so the same basic idea.

Davis seems to have an affinity for playing twins, doing it twice to acclaim. As if mirroring the leads, these two films also have near-identical plots – how thematic! Stolen Life chronicles what happens when a woman assumes her sister’s life and moves in with her husband, who she also loved back in the day. Dead Ringer has more of a crime noir feel, with Edith Phillips’ scheme unravelling when old boyfriends come back into the picture and complicate matters. It’s almost as if both films are trying to tell you that it’s a bad idea to kill or replaced your twin. That, or it’s a warning that one of every set of twins is born evil.

Which sibling is your favourite in A Stolen Life?
Which sibling is your favourite in Dead Ringer?

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