Sarah Michelle Gellar will star in RINGER this fall on the CW (Global TV in Canada). In order to prevent confusion about the title, I have decided to list other instances of THE RINGER, and RINGER in film and TV. None of this has anything at all to do with the upcoming series.
The Edgar Wallace play THE GAUNT STRANGER was filmed four times (1928, 1931, 1938 and 1952). These films were all titled THE RINGER because the title of the play was changed to that back in the 1920’s by Gerard du Maruier (father of Daphne). The better of the three is the 1952 version which featured Mai Zetterling and the late William Hartnell, who would later be the first Dr. Who.
2005 saw production of another film called THE RINGER, but this one had nothing to do with Wallace, and instead was a comedy about someone trying to fix the special olympics, and had Katherine Heigl.
In 1996, Shannon Whirry played both identical twins in a soft-core porn flick called RINGER. It was the second time she’d played identical twins; the first being in DARK MIRROR II 2 years earlier. Tembi Locke, of SLIDERS and EUREKA, had a part in this film.
Stretching a bit further there was DEAD RINGER, (Bette Davis 1964); DEAD RINGER (Meatloaf 1981); and DEAD RINGERS (David Cronenberg film starring Geneviéve Bujold and Jeremy Irons). These three films have nothing to do with one another, but are all pretty good in their own right.