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The Dark Mirror

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.

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

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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