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The Man in the Mirror (1936)

A mild-mannered, somewhat mousy man is astounded when his reflection in a mirror comes to life and begins to do all the wild and crazy things that he always wanted to but never could.


Maurice Elvey


William Garrett (novel), F. McGrew Willis (adaptation) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Edward Everett Horton ... Jeremy Dilke
Genevieve Tobin ... Helen
Ursula Jeans ... Veronica
Garry Marsh ... Tarkington
Aubrey Mather ... The Bogus of Bokhara
Alastair Sim ... Interpreter (as Alistair Sim)
Renee Gadd Renee Gadd ... Miss Blake (as Rene Gadd)
Viola Compton Viola Compton ... Mrs. Massiter
Stafford Hilliard Stafford Hilliard ... Dr. Graves
Felix Aylmer ... The Earl of Wigan


A mild-mannered, somewhat mousy man is astounded when his reflection in a mirror comes to life and begins to do all the wild and crazy things that he always wanted to but never could.

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Fantasy | Comedy


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Release Date:

24 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Como tú quisieras ser See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

J H Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast on New York City's pioneer television station W2XBS Sunday 31 March 1940. It is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Post-WWII television viewers got their first look it in Los Angeles Wednesday 23 February 1949 on KFI (Channel 9), in Atlanta Tuesday 8 March 1949 on newly launched WAGA (Channel 5), in New York City Friday 22 April 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Boston Sunday 28 August 1949 on WBZ (Channel 4), and in Cincinnati Tuesday 4 October 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »


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Music by Val Louis (i.e. W.L. Trytel)
Lawrence Wright Music Ltd
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Made to order entertainment of the thirties.
12 July 2002 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Maurice Elvey had been one of the major European film makers of the teens but the British industry was unable to supply him with projects of comparable ambition and he spent a lot of the thirties taking on vehicles for visiting US stars - here dithery second banana Horton. The actor's comic skill and his ability to differentiate the unturning worm business partner and his go getter dopelganger, emerging from the looking glass, show that Horton could carry a leading role - though hardly this one where the script wants us to believe the film's glamorous women see him as an object of desire.

The mounting is elaborate - studio constructed tube train station, exclusive London West End hotel and Chinese restaurant etc. The English cast are superior, though they waste Alisair Sim and Elvey's handling is accomplished. Watch the wide shot of the office where the two Hortons move round conducting a conversation with the correct eye lines and timing.

Elvey did better sound films than this SALLY IN HER ALLEY, PHANTOM FIEND, THE LAMP STILL BURNS but MAN IN THE MIRROR passes the time well enough.

Edward Aperson's US release has been sloppily titled - Gary Marsh is passed off as Gary Walsh and Felix Aylmer is missing.

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