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The Dark Mirror (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 18 October 1946 (USA)
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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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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Der schwarze Spiegel  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 2, 1948 with Lew Ayres reprising his film role. 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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Connections

Remade as Dark Mirror (1984) 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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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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