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The Dark Mirror (1946)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1947 (Turkey)
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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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

When Ruth is talking to her sister Terry, who is in bed, the mirror shows a reflection of her sister with a picture above her bed. When you look at a straight shot before and after you can see that there is just a wallpapered wall behind her. Later on in the movie, you are able to see a picture above Terry's bed and Ruth's bed, this time correctly matching the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Scott Elliott: Not even nature can duplicate character, not even in twins.
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Referenced in Fatal Instinct (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 4 in Em (1st movement), Opus 98
Music by Johannes Brahms (uncredited)
[Playing on the radio in Dr. Elliott's apartment]
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dead ringers
9 March 2006 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

The film is a little bit light, with a bumbling detective played by Thomas Mitchell and vintage Freudian psychoanalysis presented by Lew Ayres, but the twin sister role, one a good girl the other very bad, played by Olivia De Havilland has its moments. Her soft voice can go either direction, sweet and innocent or cold and devious, and the scenes where she is playing both parts, essentially talking to herself, convey a split personality, which might not have been such a bad idea, instead of making two distinct persons. It reaches a zenith in one scene in their dark bedroom with the innocent twin tormented by the mean one, who's telling her to take her sleep medication, and who in fact would like to see her overdose. Freudianism and bungling detective work win out in the end, making this all seem too convenient, and dodging a lot of the possibilities, but the central part, or parts, is DeHavilland at her best.


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