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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.

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (written for the screen by), Vladimir Pozner (original story)
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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 ... Dist. Atty. Girard
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Franklin (as Gary Owen)
Lela Bliss 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 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 »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1947 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Der schwarze Spiegel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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

When Dr. Elliott is sitting on the leather couch in his apartment talking to Lt. Stevenson, a moving shadow (from something above like a boom mic) appears on the lamp behind the doctor. See more »

Quotes

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

Frankie & Johnny
Music by Hughie Cannon (uncredited)
Played on the cigarette music-box in the Collins sisters' apartment
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Double de Havilland and Dollar-Book Freud
3 July 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

The postwar interest in Freudianism (probably precipitated by returning veterans suffering from shell-shock) was, in Hollywood, put to facile and often sinister ends. The Dark Mirror is no exception, despite the talents of scriptwriter Nunnally Johnson and director Robert Siodmak. Simply put, De Havilland plays a woman and her "evil" twin (though they use the word "insane"). When it's first revealed, in the investigation of a murder, that the two (Ruth and Terry) are dead ringers, the orchestral score chortles with little musical jokes at the expense of police detective Thomas Mitchell (who is wasted). Luckily the tone darkens towards the middle of the movie and De Havilland rises from blandness to effective histrionics -- could she scowl! -- at least in her evil incarnation. Inadvertently amusing are the name-necklaces and monogram pins the twins sport, undoubtedly to orient the audience. These big-city dames traipse around like high-school girls, lugging huge "T"s and "R"s on their tailored suits.


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