The Dark Mirror

The Dark Mirror

DVD - 2012
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Twin sisters are implicated in a Hollywood murder and a police detective must figure out if one or both were involved in the killing. A psychiatrist approached by the detective to help with the complicated case agrees to see them separately and is immediately attracted to one of them and fears the other one to be the killer, but he's worried that if he's wrong he could end up on a slab in the morgue himself.
Publisher: [United States] : Olive Films, [2012]
Branch Call Number: Dark
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 29, 2019

Unfortunately, the inappropriate doctor/patient relationship was rampant in this era's films; there were even a few from the 70's & 80's. Lew Ayres character obviously had ethic issues but waited to express his romantic interest until all "therapy" had ended. Thomas Mitchell gave a strong performance as the subtly intelligent detective. Ms De Havilland was excellent in a challenging role. She did not need the obvious nametags as the characters were fully developed.

Though I figured out who did what early on, I recommend this film for a night of noir by candle light.

Nov 11, 2015

Descent film. I enjoyed it.

voisjoe1 May 13, 2014

Today’s younger viewers must take into consideration that this lite film noir was made prior to digital special effects, etc. as two twins are often seen in the scene, yet often played by the same actress Olivia de Havilland, who in the following years won two Oscars. Viewers in 1946 felt that they were in a magic show and they were trying to determine how the director got the actress to appear to be in the same scene through some kind of trickery. And the director, at times felt he had to help the audience to determine which twin was which, by placing name tags on the two characters when they were both not acting out differently. There was a nice dilemma for the detective, as he couldn’t convict either one unless he got some kind of proof of which one dunnit.

Apr 27, 2014

This was great. I got caught off guard a little; a couple of twists that I hadn't expected. Full of suspense this one; I was on the edge of my seat! Olivia de Havilland was brilliant as the two sisters. Wow she can be evil!!! The evil twin scared half to death.

Apr 19, 2014

I'm certainly no prude, but, regardless of whether it's "just-a-movie", or not, I am one who thinks it's absolutely deplorable when a "professional" (such as a psychiatrist or a physician) who, due to having a very low standard of ethics, becomes romantically involved with one (or more) of their patients. ~~~ And this, I'm sorry to say, was the case here in The Dark Mirror where Dr. Elliot (a supposedly "respected" psychiatrist), who was psycho-analysing both Ruth & Terry Collins (to detemine if either one of these identical twins could, in fact, be a murderess) became romantically involved with the "good" twin. (natch) ~~~ I don't think that even in the name of love any movie (unless it's porn-trash) should be giving the green-light to something as contemptible as this in nature. I'd sure like to know who the hell the producers of this 1946 movie thought they were by telling the audience (especially with the rigid Hays Code in effect) that it's OK for a psychiatrist (out of his own selfish desires) to encourage sexual relations with his/her patient?

cwooding Dec 25, 2012

I think this title's copies have been lost. I've been waiting on a copy since Sept 24 and it's now 3 months later.


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