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Lizzie (1957)

Approved | | Drama | 24 January 1958 (Finland)
During the 1950s, a Los Angeles psychiatrist uses hypnosis to treat a 25 year old woman who's suffering from multiple personality disorder.

Director:

Hugo Haas

Writers:

Mel Dinelli, Shirley Jackson (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eleanor Parker ... Elizabeth / Lizzie / Beth Richmond
Richard Boone ... Dr. Neal Wright
Joan Blondell ... Aunt Morgan James
Hugo Haas ... Walter Brenner
Ric Roman ... Johnny Valenzo
Dorothy Arnold ... Elizabeth's Mother
John Reach John Reach ... Robin
Marion Ross ... Ruth Seaton
Johnny Mathis ... Piano Singer
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Storyline

Elizabeth has reoccurring headaches and trouble sleeping. Threatening letters signed by Lizzie are given to her, but she does not know anyone named Lizzie. As her situation deteriorates, she goes to a Dr. Wright who hypnotizes her. Deep in her subconscious, Dr. Wright finds three personalities; Elizabeth, the shy one that everyone knows; Lizzie, the wild one like her mother; and Beth, the good one she should have become. Dr. Wright must help the personality of Beth become the only one. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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She led 3 strange lives! Which was her real self? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1958 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Hidden Faces See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$361,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$280,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$555,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Bryna Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shirley Jackson was not impressed with this filmed adaptation of her novel "The Bird's Nest." Her assessment: "Abbott and Costello meet a multiple personality." (From Ruth Franklin's 2016 biography "Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life.") See more »

Goofs

In one scene at the bar, Johnny Mathis is singing at the piano and Robin is there with another girl. In one shot, smoke is rising from a cigarette in an ashtray on the piano. In the next shot, from over Johnny's right shoulder, there is no smoke coming from the ashtray. Then in the last shot at the bar, a close-up of Mathis, smoke can be seen rising again - all while Mathis is singing the same song. See more »

Soundtracks

Warm and Tender
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Johnny Mathis
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Pales in comparison to The Three Faces of Eve
22 June 2011 | by mgallimore-1See all my reviews

The story is so trite and Parker overacts to the hilt. She shows only two emotions - sad and maniacal.

Gloria Blondell appears in the same robe in almost every scene! All we know about her is that she's Elizabeth's aunt and that she drinks a lot of bourbon. There's a neighbor man who seems interested in Blondell, but we don't know who he is or why he's interested. We never know if Blondell is interested in him.

The dialogue is poorly written. To show the passage of time, Blondell brings into different conversations how long it's been since Elizabeth has been seeing a psychiatrist.


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