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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 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

Although the name pendants, monogram dressing gowns and brooches are swapped for plot purposes, Terry is consistently left-handed and is the only one who smokes. 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 Final Analysis (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 4 in Em (1st movement), Opus 98
Music by Johannes Brahms (uncredited)
[Playing on the radio in Dr. Elliott's apartment]
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Olivia de Havilland's role of her life
13 November 2006 | by Petri PelkonenSee all my reviews

A man is murdered, and a woman called Ruth Collins is seen at the scene of the crime.The case gets tricky, when is found out that Ruth has a twin sister, Terry.They both have to then go see a psychiatrist, Dr.Scott Elliott.The doc falls for the normal sister, but which is which? The other one of them is capable of committing a cold blooded murder, but which one? Robert Siodmak's Film-Noir The Dark Mirror (1946) takes some Freudian turns as it goes on.Olivia de Havilland shines in a dual role.She's terrific as the psychotic sister as well as the normal one.Lew Ayres is great as the Shrink.Character actor Thomas Mitchell does very fine job as Lt.Stevenson.This movie was very fascinating to watch.It gave some challenge finding out which one did it.60 years has done no harm to this film.


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