Dark Mirror

Overview

Olivia De Havilland, with the assistance of some eye-popping special photographic effects, plays twins in The Dark Mirror. One twin commits a murder: The "good" twin is blamed, but provides no alibi in her own defense, since she can't believe that the "bad" twin is guilty. Psychologist Lew Ayres and detective Thomas Mitchell try to get to the truth, a task made difficult by the bad twin's habit of imitating her sister to perfection. Ayres solves the mystery and sorts out which twin is which, but not before nearly...
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Overview

Olivia De Havilland, with the assistance of some eye-popping special photographic effects, plays twins in The Dark Mirror. One twin commits a murder: The "good" twin is blamed, but provides no alibi in her own defense, since she can't believe that the "bad" twin is guilty. Psychologist Lew Ayres and detective Thomas Mitchell try to get to the truth, a task made difficult by the bad twin's habit of imitating her sister to perfection. Ayres solves the mystery and sorts out which twin is which, but not before nearly ending up on a slab in the morgue himself. Based on a novel by Vladimir Pozner the same, The Dark Mirror was remade for television in 1984, with Jane Seymour in the lead--er, leads.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Dark Mirror is a superior entry in the "good twin, evil twin" subgenre. Actors, of course, love the chance to play twins, for the obvious reason that doing so really gives them a chance to strut their stuff. In Mirror, Olivia de Havilland takes full advantage of the opportunity, turning in a tour-de-force performance (or perhaps it's a pair of such performances) that is a delight to behold. De Havilland was one of the finest actresses of the '40s, perfectly capable of playing both roles suffused with sweetness and light and those with a tougher, more aggressive tone to them. In Mirror she gets to do both, meeting the challenge effortlessly; she also handles the more difficult job of keeping the audience guessing as to which character is which for much of the early part of the film. Indeed, de Havilland deserves the lion's share of the credit for Mirror's success, as the screenplay has dated somewhat over the years. Its basic structure is still sound and much of the dialogue and characterization is solid, but the script's psychological underpinnings are a bit simplistic. And while the twins' habit of wearing necklaces with their respective names on them is helpful, it comes across as more than a bit bizarre. This is one of the rare slips in Robert Siodmak's otherwise assured and effective direction (another slip being Dimitri Tiomkin's occasionally over-sprightly music accompanying early parts of the investigation). The Dark Mirror also boasts a very solid supporting cast, with especially fine work from Thomas Mitchell and Lew Ayres.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/1997
  • UPC: 017153088809
  • Original Release: 1946
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  • Source: Republic Pictures
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Olivia de Havilland Ruth Collins, Terry Collins, Terry/Ruth Collins
Lew Ayres Dr. Scott Elliott
Thomas Mitchell Lieutenant Stevenson
Richard Long Rusty
Charles Evans District Attorney Girard
Garry Owen Franklin
Lester Allen George Benson
Lela Bliss Mrs. Didriksen
Marta Mitrovich Miss Beade, Secretary to Dr. Peralta
Amelita Ward Photo Double
Jean Andren District Attorney's Secretary
Rodney Bell Fingerprint Man
Lane Chandler Intern
Jack Cheatham Policeman
Ben Erway Police Lieutenant
Jack Gargan Waiter
William Halligan Sgt. Temple
Charles McAvoy O'Brien, Janitor
Ida Moore Mrs. O'Brien
Ralph Peters Dumb Policeman
Barbara Powers Girl
Lane Watson Mike, Assistant
Technical Credits
Robert Siodmak Director
Duncan Cramer Production Designer
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Devereaux Jennings Special Effects
Arthur Johns Sound/Sound Designer
Nunnally Johnson Producer, Screenwriter
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Fred Lau Sound/Sound Designer
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Norbert Miles Makeup
Ernest Nims Editor
Vladimir Pozner Screenwriter
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
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