The Dark Mirror

1946

Action / Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 57%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 3164

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Olivia de Havilland as Terry / Ruth Collins
Thomas Mitchell as Lt. Stevenson
Richard Long as Rusty
Lew Ayres as Dr. Scott Elliott
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1hr 25 min
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1hr 25 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by howardeisman 5 / 10

Yesterday's Psychiatry

Lew Ayres, suave, handsome and sophisticated, tests a pair of twins with "tests' which a decade later were found to be no better than tarot cards. He discoveres that one of the pair is a murder but he doesn't know which. There are two Olivia de Havillands, one good, one evil, but which is which? There is also a cop who keeps telling everyone that he is dumb, but is he?

There is, of course, the psychotic, homicidal maniac, 1940s style, who appears to be perfectly normal until the end of the picture.

Not bad material for a psycho, mystery melodrama. Olivia has a chance to show her acting chops, segueing from person to person, from personality to personality with facial expressions, voice intonations, and body language. A nice job but the story doesn't play out well. The background music swells up for dramatic moments, but it is counter-productive. It is loud and intrusive and it detracted attention from the scene being played out. Everything is played so that the viewer gets caught up in the mystery and the danger. But, all this just didn't pull me in.

The film is a time passer and there are interesting things in it, but don't expect too much. Freud wouldn't have liked it, but there were very few things he did like

Reviewed by moonspinner55 5 / 10

"One of our young ladies is insane...very clever, very intelligent, but insane!"

Psychologist works with the police in determining which of two sisters committed a murder--the trouble is, the ladies are identical twins, with one sibling apparently covering up for the other. Good optical effects and editing can't quite make this scenario convincing, particularly as Olivia de Havilland is wide-eyed and artificial in both her incarnations; the histrionic schlock music rising up in the background doesn't help, either. Director Robert Siodmak's work is hit-and-miss: he handles doctor Lew Ayres' investigation scenes well, however the opening interviews in the police station are awfully corny. Nunnally Johnson adapted his screenplay from an original story by Vladimir Pozner (who alone was Oscar-nominated). The plot builds to a melodramatic boil, yet the final tally isn't all that intriguing. ** from ****

Reviewed by kijii 7 / 10

Which one is Terry and which one is Ruth?

The magic here is trying to play two identical twins. Ultimately, Bette Davis did it at least twice. I'm sure de Havilland wanted to do it too. It is a challenge.

For the viewer, one must pay careful attention to which one is which--- and when we know who is who---and how we figure it out. I can tell you that the twins names were Terry and Ruth, but "which is which" can only be deducted after seeing the entire movie.

Another problem with the movie is Lew Ayres role. Did he actually love one of them or was that part of the rouse to discover their identity. The former would be highly unethical, in fact both may be unethical if it weren't a movie--but it is only a m-o-v-ie.

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