Bette Davis
Director: Irving Rapper Cast: Bette Davis
Bette Davis
, Paul Henreid
Paul Henreid
, Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Irving Rapper

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Deception is an operatic rehash of the 1929 film Jealousy. Music teacher Bette Davis--who evidently has a large student pool, judging by the size of her penthouse apartment--is reunited with her cellist lover Paul Henreid, whom she believed to have been killed in the war. Henreid wants to marry Davis, but he is unaware that she has, for the past several years, been the "protege" of composer Claude Rains. Rains agrees to keep quiet about his affair with Davis, but takes sadistic delight in tormenting the woman and working behind the scenes to sabotage Henreid's career. When Rains tells Bette of his plans to publicly humiliate Henreid, she shoots her ex-lover dead. Henreid agrees to stand by Davis no matter what is in store for her. Director Irving Rapper had originally wanted to treat the hoary plot twists of Deception comically, with the three principals walking off together at the end with a "what the hell?" attitude. He was tersely told to stick to the script; after all, people didn't pay to see Bette Davis but to see her suffer. Like the 1929 version of Jealousy, Deception was based on a play by Louis Verneuil.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2020
UPC: 0883929713189
Original Release: 1946
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 16,604

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Christine Radcliffe
Paul Henreid Karel Novak
Claude Rains Alexander Hollenius
John Abbott Bertram Gribble
Benson Fong Manservant
Russell Arms Student
Louis Austin Norma
Marcelle Corday Hatcheck Woman
Suzi Crandall Actor
Jean de Briac Andre
Cyril Delevanti Beggar
Earle Dewey Jovial Man
Richard Erdman Actor
Bess Flowers Actor
Ross Ford Actor
Jane Harker Student
Kenneth Hunter Manager
Boyd Irwin Elderly Gentleman
Philo McCullough Actor
Einar Neilsen Orchestra Conductor
Alex Pollard Butler
Richard "Hock" Walsh Porter
Jean Wong Actor
Gertrude Carr Actor
Richard Wang Actor
Ramon Ros Wedding Guest
Clifton Young Actor

Technical Credits
Irving Rapper Director
Henry Blanke Producer
John Collier Screenwriter
Alan Crosland Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Anton Grot Art Director
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Score Composer
Bernard Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Than Screenwriter
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer

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