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Chained for Life (1952)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | January 1952 (USA)
A Siamese twin kills the husband who left her. The courts have to decide if she is convicted of murder, how can they punish her sister, who had nothing to do with the crime?

Director:

Harry L. Fraser

Writers:

Nat Tanchuck (screenplay), Albert DePina (additional dialogue) (as Albert de Pina) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Violet Hilton Violet Hilton ... Vivian Hamilton (as The Hilton Sisters)
Daisy Hilton Daisy Hilton ... Dorothy Hamilton (as The Hilton Sisters)
Mario Laval Mario Laval ... Andre Pariseau
Allen Jenkins ... Hinkley
Patricia Wright Patricia Wright ... Renée
Alan Keys Alan Keys ... Defense Attorney
Norval Mitchell Norval Mitchell ... Judge Mitchell (as Norvel Mitchell)
Edna Holland ... Mabel
Brian O'Hara Brian O'Hara ... Mr. MacKenzie
Herbert Lytton ... District Attorney
Jack Mulhall ... Dr. Thompson
James Hope James Hope ... (as Jim Hope)
Roy Regnier Roy Regnier ... Rev. Dr. Burnham
Zena Barry Zena Barry ... (as Zena Bary)
Tony Iavello Tony Iavello ... Singer (as Tony Lavello)
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Storyline

Siamese twins are a singing act, apparently in vaudeville. Their manager, to drum up business bribes a man who has a shooting act to become romantically involved with her. The bribe works and business increases dramatically. The man proposes marriage and the proposal is accepted. He walks out on her on their wedding night to remain with his assistant with whom he has a relationship. The sister of the rejected bride shoots him during his act. The movie starts with the judge, who is hearing the case without a jury, advises us, the audience, that this is a difficult case. The movie poses the question of whether he can punish the one who is the shooter without punishing the other sister. Written by davidfbook@sbcglobal.net

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enchaînées pour la vie See more »

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Production Co:

Spera Productions Inc. See more »
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Runtime:

| (Film Detective DVD-R)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the plot was derived from real events in the lives of Siamese twins Daisy Hilton and Violet Hilton: the sham-marriage for publicity; the difficulty getting a marriage license due to morals concerns; the vaudeville singing career. See more »

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Vivian Hamilton: we've always said we were like other people yet different; from the moment we started to crawl and the leg of the table got between us and we couldn't pass.
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Not Quite Exploitation
20 February 2005 | by sbibb1See all my reviews

"Chained for Life" is the story of two Siamese twin sisters, who at this point appear to be in their late 40s, as one sister falls in love. The film stars real life Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. The twins are connected at the lower back, and are able to function as normal people except that they are connected. It makes one wonder that if they were to have been alive today, would they have been able to be separated? The sisters made a living as vaudeville singers, not actors, and the best parts of this film are the musical numbers, both sisters had beautiful voices. When the sisters act, well lets just say its very fake and stilted.

The plot is simple, as a publicity stunt a trick shooter in the same vaudeville show as the sisters decides to marry one of the sisters, only to divorce her the next day. As revenge the other sister shoots to death her ex in law, and the film is told in flash back as a courtroom trial.

It is an interesting question posed to the audience, and one that I wonder how it would be answered in real life. If one conjoined Siamese twin commits murder, a crime punishable by death, the other sister will die too, meaning the state is committing murder. An interesting questions, and one that the audience is asked to answer. Sadly, its one answer I don't have.

The film is not quite exploitation, as the sisters are not exploited as freaks. This film is in the public domain and is available on VHS and DVD.


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