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The Dark Mirror1946

The Dark Mirror (1946)




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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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Olivia de Havilland
as Terry / Ruth Collins
Lew Ayres
as Dr. Scott Elliott
Thomas Mitchell
as Lt. Stevenson
Charles Evans
as District Attorney Girard
Garry Owen
as Franklin
Lester Allen
as George Benson
Lela Bliss
as Mrs. Didriksen
Marta Mitrovich
as Miss Beade
Amelita Ward
as Photo Double
William Halligan
as Sgt. Halligan
Ida Moore
as Mrs. O'Brien
Charles McAvoy
as O'Brien, Janitor
Jack Cheatham
as Policeman
Ralph Peters
as Dumb Policeman
Rodney Bell
as Fingerprint Man
Lane Watson
as Mike, Assistant
Ben Erway
as Police Lieutenant
Jean Andren
as District Attorney's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for The Dark Mirror

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Its evocation of biological destiny wrenches the modernistic romance into tragedy.

November 26, 2012

...a fiendishly fun double role for Olivia de Havilland.

July 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This engrossing psychological drama frames a remarkable performance by Olivia de Havilland.

April 2, 2019 | Full Review…

The texture triumphs, partly because Robert Siodmak's direction imparts an appropriately somnambulistic tone to the proceedings.

August 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Lesser Siodmak thriller

August 20, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

A stylishly curious psychological thriller.

October 31, 2004 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Dark Mirror


a favorite theme in hollywood, the freudian saga of the good/evil twins, made more enjoyable by one of olivia de havilland's best performances. one wonders if she drew on her well known rivalry with real life sister joan fontaine

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

A good thriller in which twins are suspected of a crime. There have been other films like this later, but it's still a good movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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