CHAINED FOR LIFE (1951 U.S.) D: HARRY L. FRASER W: NAT TANCHUCK/ALBERT DE PINA P: GEORGE MOSKOV
This fascinating 60 min. or so feature stars real-life siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton (seen years earlier in Tod Browning's FREAKS). They do a singing duet as part of a cabaret/burlesque show (including a clown/juggler, a cool speed-accordian player and a pistol sharp-shooter). Their manager comes up with a publicity stunt so Daisy marries the plotting, cheating sharp-shooter on stage (after being denied a license by 27 states), but he runs away and betrays her. Violet shoots him during the act and is tried for murder. The film begins and ends with the judge pleading with the audience to help him with his dilemma, convict an innocent woman, or free a guilty one? Not as exploitative as you may think and very well done. A surprising dream sequence realistically depicts Daisy walking around free from her sister. In b/w. With Allen Jenkins, Sheldon Leonard and Jack Mulhall.

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