The #DualRoles Blogathon: Day 3 Recap

Olivia de Havilland played twins in The Dark Mirror (1946). Image:
Olivia de Havilland played twins in The Dark Mirror (1946). Image:

We have a confession to make.

Until this blogathon, we (as in, yours truly) didn’t realize just how many terrific films have been made with actors playing multiple roles.

We’ve been astounded by the variety of films, as well as the number of actors who have taken on the unique challenge of dual roles.

Thank you to Christina Wehner for developing the idea and for being a swell co-host. And a special thanks to all of you who participated, whether as a blogger or a cheerleader. You’ve made this a fun event!


Speakeasy dishes about Bette Davis in the “enjoyable juicy melodrama” A Stolen Life (1946).



A Person in the Dark warns us to Beware of Buffoons such as the one Charles Chaplin plays in The Great Dictator (1940).



Film Music Central gushes over Jean Marais’ three memorable performances in Beauty and the Beast (1947).



Plain Simple Tom shares Cate Blanchett’s fun playing herself and her slacker cousin in Coffee and Cigarettes (2003).



Wide Screen World examines the legendary Mel Brooks’ “vaudevillian” roles in Spaceballs (1987).



Prince of Hollywood swings by with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. as swashbuckling twins in The Corsican Brothers (1941).



The Midnite Drive-In presents Ton Randall’s seven (SEVEN!!) roles in The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (1964).



Co-host Christina Wehner investigates the eight (EIGHT!!) deaths of Alec Guinness in Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).



Caftan Woman shows us two sides of Edward G. Robinson in the comedy The Whole Town’s Talking (1935).



Critica Retro introduces us to the delightful Ossi Oswalda in Ernst Lubitsch’s The Doll/Die Puppe (1919).



Blogferatu asks questions about the gender-bending Jean Arless in Homicidal (1961).



Old Hollywood Films recounts Joanne Woodward’s Oscar-winning performance in The Three Faces of Eve (1957).


Crimson Kimono votes for Kevin Kline in Dave (1993).



In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood conjures up look-a-like witches Samantha and Serena (Elizabeth Montgomery) in Bewitched (1964-72).

Day 1 Recap
Day 2 Recap


  1. This Blogathon has really been an eye-opener, Ruth. I truly had no idea that there were so many dual-role movies and with such a wide variety of actors taking up the challenge. You all have given me a number of films to seek out and watch. Winter is coming and once the snow is shoveled, I’ll be looking for something to do. A good movie and a cup of hot chocolate sound perfect. 🙂

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