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The Dark Mirror (1946)

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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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Terry / Ruth Collins
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Dr. Scott Elliott
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Lt. Stevenson
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Charles Evans ...
Dist. Atty. Girard
Garry Owen ...
Franklin (as Gary Owen)
Lela Bliss ...
Mrs. Didriksen
Lester Allen ...
George Benson
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Storyline

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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When he called her "killer"... and took her twin in his arms... Did he know which was which? See more »


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18 October 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der schwarze Spiegel  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lt. Stevenson warns the sisters about a Rube Goldberg defense. This refers to the Pulitzer prize winning author and cartoonist (1883-1970) famous for his diagrams of complicated machines that perform simple tasks. He inspired Rube Goldberg Machine Contests that feature heavily on Youtube. 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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Referenced in Final Analysis (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 4 in E-Minor (1st movement), Opus 98
Music by Johannes Brahms (uncredited)
Playing on the radio in Dr. Elliott's apartment
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Intriguing Film-Noir
12 November 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When Dr. Frank Peralta is found stabbed to death straight to the heart in his apartment, two neighbors swear to the veteran Lt. Stevenson (Thomas Mitchell), who is charge of the investigation, that they saw Ruth Collins (Olivia de Havilland) leaving his apartment late night. The detective interrogates Ruth and she has the alibi of three witnesses that she was walking around in the Jefferson Park during the night. Then he visits Ruth in her apartment and discovers that she has an identical twin sister called Terry. Lt. Stevenson does not know who the killer is and the prosecutor does not accept to open the case. The sisters can not find a job and Dr. Scott Elliott (Lew Ayres), who is a specialist in twins that had been contacted by Lt. Steenson and has a crush on Ruth, offers a reasonable allowance to the sisters to be submitted to a series of tests for his research of personalities of twins. Scott finds through the results that Terry is a psychotic woman and Ruth might be in danger.

"The Dark Mirror" is a tense psychological film-noir with an intriguing story that has excellent beginning and conclusion. The impressive performance of Olivia de Havilland in a dual role is top-notch, using different attitudes for each sister; and the direction of Robert Siodmak is tight as usual. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Espelho d'Alma" ("Mirror of the Soul")


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