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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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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 ... Dist. Atty. Girard
Garry Owen 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 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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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

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 31, 1950 with Olivia de Havilland reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

When Ruth is talking to her sister Terry, who is in bed, the mirror shows a reflection of her sister with a picture above her bed. When you look at a straight shot before and after you can see that there is just a wallpapered wall behind her. Later on in the movie, you are able to see a picture above Terry's bed and Ruth's bed, this time correctly matching the mirror. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in I, Robot (2004) 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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Olivia vs Olivia
12 August 2012 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

As stated in everyone's write-ups, this is a story of a murder with a twist; the perp is one of two identical twins. One alibis for the other, and since both can't be prosecuted for the crime, the guilty one walks. This does not sit well with Insp. Thomas Mitchell, who tries to think of a way to implicate the guilty one - whichever one that is. And so he enlists the help of psychiatrist Lew Ayres.

At first, the murder is presented as an unsolvable conundrum and in a light-hearted vein, but things get serious thereafter and, unfortunately, the plot begins to bog down over some technical psychological data. But Olivia DeHavilland saves the day and the movie with a splendid performance (or two) as the twins. Gradually there appear personality differences so that even the audience can tell the difference between the two. Not many actresses could have pulled off the layered performances of the twins, but not many actresses are as proficient or as skilled as DeHavilland.

This is another neglected gem from Universal's cobwebbed movie vaults that needs to be put into circulation by that comatose studio. It is one of Ms. DeHavilland's best performances and raises an average, talky movie to classic status.


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