The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933)

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When a famous doctor kills his adulterous wife, he is defended by his best friend, an attorney--who suspects that his own wife is having an affair.

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  • Nancy Carroll and Frank Morgan in The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933)
  • Nancy Carroll, Paul Lukas, and Frank Morgan in The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933)
  • Nancy Carroll, Paul Lukas, and Frank Morgan in The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933)
  • Nancy Carroll, Donald Cook, and Paul Lukas in The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933)
  • Nancy Carroll and Frank Morgan in The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933)

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9 August 2016 | jayraskin1
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| A very Macabre Murder Trial Movie
The only other James Whale movie that I have seen, except for his classics, "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "Invisible Man," was "the Old Dark House." I liked "the Old Dark House," but it wasn't a masterpiece like the other three.

I have never seen "Wizard of Oz" title character Frank Morgan in a leading role, so I always assumed he was a character actor, but he easily carries the film in this case. His wife is played by Nancy Carroll who starred in some 35 films from 1928 to 1935. She is quite fine. Gloria Stuart, famous for the Titanic (1997) has appears briefly in the film. Jean Dixon, as a very sharp statuesque woman lawyer nearly steals the picture with a sharp sense of humor.

The movie is about obsession, love and murder. Whale does a wonderful job of balancing comedy with tense scary moments as he did in "Bride" and "Invisible Man." The movie is very humanist and really solidifies the idea of him being a great auteur director. There's an hilarious scene of two gay newspaper men commenting on the trial. The movie is tight and short, barely over an hour, so it can't be called a masterpiece, but it does manage a lot of emotional intensity for a film of this length and this time period.

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