The Dark Mirror runs the full gamut of themes currently in vogue at the box office - from psychiatry to romance back again to the double identity gimmick and murder mystery. But, despite the individually potent ingredients, somehow the composite doesn't quite come off.

The Dark Mirror runs the full gamut of themes currently in vogue at the box office – from psychiatry to romance back again to the double identity gimmick and murder mystery. But, despite the individually potent ingredients, somehow the composite doesn’t quite come off.

Opening with a promising gait, the pic [from a story by Vladimir Pozner] gets lost in a maze of psychological gadgets and speculation that slow it down. Olivia de Havilland, playing a twin role, carries the central load of the picture. She’s cast simultaneously as a sweet, sympathetic girl and her vixenish, latently insane twin sister. A murder is committed and while one girl has been positively identified as coming out of the man’s apartment on the night of the murder, the other establishes a fool-proof alibi.

Lew Ayres is cast in his familiar role as a medico – a specialist on identical twins. Slightly older looking and sporting a mustache, Ayres still retains much of his appealing boyish sincerity. But in the romantic clinches, Ayres is stiff and slightly embarrassed looking. Copping thespic honors, despite a relatively light part, Thomas Mitchell plays the baffled dick with a wry wit and assured bearing that carries belief.

1946: Nomination: Best Original Story

The Dark Mirror

Production

Universal/Inter-John. Director Robert Siodmak; Producer Nunnally Johnson; Screenplay Nunnally Johnson; Camera Milton Krasner; Editor Ernest Nims; Music Dimitri Tiomkin; Art Director Duncan Cramer

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 85 MIN.

With

Olivia de Havilland Lew Ayres Thomas Mitchell Richard Long Charles Evans Gary Owen
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