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Deception (1946)

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Engaño 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

When Warner Brothers purchased the rights to the play, Barbara Stanwyck was planned for the role of Christine. 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: [snatches his bleeding hand away from Christine Radcliffe] Like all women: white as a sheet at the sight of a couple of scratches... but calm and smiling as a hospital nurse in the presence of a mortal wound... Good night!
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Connections

Featured in Point of No Return (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Impromptu, Op. 142, No. 2 in A Flat Major
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
Played on record in Hollenius' apartment
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JUST ENJOY IT!
24 June 2003 | by edward-miller-1See all my reviews

I have just finished reading all of the comments here and now let me add my two cents worth. This is my all time favorite Davis opus and it is certainly not because of the high quality of her performance. See Davis at her best in The Letter. What Deception is is a high powered duel between flamboyant personalities (Davis and Rains) wiping their costar (Henreid) right off the screen. The restaurant scene deserves all the mention it got here previously, but how about mink coated Bette confronting Rains in his bed reading Dick Tracy? The screen crackles with vitriol. This is over the top screen acting at it's most enjoyable.If you've never seen this, take the opportunity and enjoy it for what it is: good old fashioned Hollywood entertainment.


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