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The Dark Mirror (1946)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  18 October 1946 (USA)
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A man is found murdered, with witnesses convinced about the woman they saw leaving his apartment. However, it becomes apparent that the woman has a twin, and finding out which one is the killer seems impossible.

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A woman suspected of murdering her doctor boyfriend has an identical twin sister. When both twins have an alibi for the night of the murder, a psychiatrist is called in to assist a detective in solving the case. Through a series of tests, he discovers which twin actually committed the crime and in the course of his investigation he falls in love with the normal twin. Written by Neil Doyle <Doylenf@msn.com>

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Twins! One who loves... and one who loves to kill! See more »


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Der schwarze Spiegel  »

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Trivia

"The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 11, 1947 with Lew Ayres and Olivia de Havilland reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

The daytime overhead general shot of the police car arriving at the Medical Building with the witnesses gives the pedestrians opposite shadows to those of the vehicles. In the following mid shots the direction of light has changed again. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Scott Elliott: Not even nature can duplicate character, not even in twins.
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Remade as Dark Mirror (1984) See more »

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Frankie & Johnny
Music by Hughie Cannon (uncredited)
Played on the cigarette music-box in the Collins sisters' apartment
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Olivia vs Olivia
12 August 2012 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

As stated in everyone's write-ups, this is a story of a murder with a twist; the perp is one of two identical twins. One alibis for the other, and since both can't be prosecuted for the crime, the guilty one walks. This does not sit well with Insp. Thomas Mitchell, who tries to think of a way to implicate the guilty one - whichever one that is. And so he enlists the help of psychiatrist Lew Ayres.

At first, the murder is presented as an unsolvable conundrum and in a light-hearted vein, but things get serious thereafter and, unfortunately, the plot begins to bog down over some technical psychological data. But Olivia DeHavilland saves the day and the movie with a splendid performance (or two) as the twins. Gradually there appear personality differences so that even the audience can tell the difference between the two. Not many actresses could have pulled off the layered performances of the twins, but not many actresses are as proficient or as skilled as DeHavilland.

This is another neglected gem from Universal's cobwebbed movie vaults that needs to be put into circulation by that comatose studio. It is one of Ms. DeHavilland's best performances and raises an average, talky movie to classic status.


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