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The Dark Mirror (1946)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1947 (Turkey)
A man is found murdered, and witnesses are sure 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.

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (written for the screen by), Vladimir Pozner (original story)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Olivia de Havilland ... Terry Collins / Ruth Collins
Lew Ayres ... Dr. Scott Elliott
Thomas Mitchell ... Police Lt. Stevenson
Richard Long ... Rusty
Charles Evans ... District Attorney 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 one of them. Written by Neil Doyle <Doylenf@msn.com>

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Please don't tell the secret dramatic ending to your friends! (Signed) The Secret Order of the Dark Mirror See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although the name pendants, monogram dressing gowns, and brooches are swapped for plot purposes, Terry is consistently left-handed and the only one who smokes. See more »

Goofs

A character says that the victim was stabbed through the heart. But the corpse shown at the beginning of the movie has a knife in its side, several inches from the heart. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Scott Elliott: Not even nature can duplicate character, not even in twins.
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Connections

Referenced in Fatal Instinct (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Frankie & Johnny
Music by Hughie Cannon (uncredited)
Played on the cigarette music-box in the Collins sisters' apartment
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Intriguing Film-Noir
12 November 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1947 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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