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The Dark Mirror (1946)
Olivia de Havilland cast against type in this underrated noir gem.
The Dark Mirror is an interesting film noir about a pair of sisters who live a love/hate relationship of envy and conceit, but also adoration. The story is set around a police investigation run by detective Lt. Stevenson (Thomas Mitchell) who has caught a case involving a murdered local doctor. The primary suspect turns out to be not one, but two women who can not be told apart, not even by people who are in contact with them every day. Olivia de Havilland plays the part of both sisters, Ruth and Terry, who make a habit of playing games to keep their individual identities a secret. Dr. Scott Elliott, a psychologist who worked in the same building as Terry and Ruth, (Lew Ayres) is asked to aid the D.A.'s office in creating a profile of each sister to gauge their ability to commit murder. Both sisters fall for Scott during these sessions, causing a potentially lethal feud between the siblings.
You will have to see the film for the rest of the story. Siodmak's direction is deft, and De Havilland gives a wonderful performance as two people with the same DNA, but polar opposite personalities. Fans of Film Noir should not miss this one.