Sarah Michelle Gellar will play identical twins Siobhan Martin and Bridget Cafferty in the CW series RINGER this fall. This made me wonder how often this sort of thing has happened in film.
For an actor to play both identical female twins in film is not uncommon. Most of these films are comedies, the most well known of which is THE PARENT TRAP (all incarnations dating back to the 1950 German film). I set about finding dramas in which this occurred and came up with this list. The better ones are in bold:
- DARK MIRROR – Olivia DeHaviland – 1946
A psyciatrist (Lew Ayres) has to figure out which of identical twins
- A STOLEN LIFE – Bette Davis – 1946
Two sisters go out on a boat. One drowns, the other survives and is
mistaken for her drowned sister. She goes along with this but must
convince her sister’s husband when he returns from Chile. Davis was
Producer but was not credited as such.
- DEAD RINGER – Bette Davis – 1964
Twin of a rich, unfeeling woman murders her and assumes her identity.
- DARK MIRROR 1984 – Jane Seymour
made for tv remake
- DECEPTIONS – Stephanie Powers – 1985 –
sisters switch indentities – made for TV
- KILLER IN THE MIRROR – Anne Jillian – 1986
woman tries to frame her twin for the death of her husband – made for TV
- THE LOOKALIKE – Melissa Gilbert – 1990
Written by Kate Wilhelm, starring Diane Ladd. Woman discovers lookalike for her deceased
daughter – made for tv
- MIRROR IMAGES – Della Sheppard – 1991
bored twin assumes sister’s identity. gets into trouble
- A KISS BEFORE DYING – Sean Young – 1991
after killing one twin, Matt Dillon woos other sister. Ends up getting caught.
- A CHANGE OF PLACE – Andrea Roth – 1994
Directed by Donna Deitch (Desert Hearts). Good sister tries to help out bad sister by taking
her place while bad sis goes to rehab. Gets into trouble.
- MIRROR IMAGES II – Shannon Whirry – 1994
- MAN WITH A GUN – Jennifer Tilly – 1995
twin tries to get her hitman lover to kill her sister instead of her
- MIDNIGHT BLUE – Annabel Schofield – 1996
twins dupe an executive into helping them steal lots of money