The Dark Mirror (1946)

Not Rated   |    |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir


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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.

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  • Olivia de Havilland and Lew Ayres in The Dark Mirror (1946)
  • Olivia de Havilland and Lew Ayres in The Dark Mirror (1946)
  • Olivia de Havilland in The Dark Mirror (1946)
  • Lew Ayres in The Dark Mirror (1946)
  • Olivia de Havilland and Thomas Mitchell in The Dark Mirror (1946)
  • Lew Ayres in The Dark Mirror (1946)

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12 August 2012 | GManfred
Olivia vs Olivia
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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