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Encyclopedia > The Dark Mirror (1946 film)
The Dark Mirror
Directed by Robert Siodmak
Produced by Nunnally Johnson
Written by Nunnally Johnson
Vladimir Pozner (story)
Starring Olivia de Havilland
Lew Ayres
Thomas Mitchell
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography Milton R. Krasner
Distributed by Universal Pictures Company Inc.
Release date(s) October 18, 1946 (USA)
Running time 85 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

The Dark Mirror (1946) is a black-and-white psychological thriller film directed by Robert Siodmak, starring Olivia de Havilland as a pair of twins, and Lew Ayres as their psychiatrist. The film marks Ayres' return to motion pictures following his conscientious objection to service in World War II. De Havilland had begun to experiment with "method acting" at the time and insisted that everyone in the cast meet with a psychiatrist. The film anticipates producer/screenwriter Nunnally Johnson's psycho-docu-drama The Two Faces of Eve. Vladimir Pozner's original story on which the film is based was nominated for an Academy Award. Robert Siodmak (August 8, 1900 - March 10, 1973) was a film director born in Memphis, Tennessee (sometimes his birthplace is stated as Dresden, Germany). ... Nunnally Johnson (December 5, 1897 - March 25, 1977) was an American filmmaker who wrote, produced, and directed films. ... Nunnally Johnson (December 5, 1897 - March 25, 1977) was an American filmmaker who wrote, produced, and directed films. ... Olivia Mary de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a two-time Academy Award winning actress and is the last surviving principal cast member from Gone with the Wind. ... publicity photo for Ayres Lew Ayres (December 28, 1908 – December 30, 1996) was an American actor. ... A scene form Its a Wonderful Life; Uncle Billy (Thomas Mitchell) cant find the money that Mr. ... Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin (Russian: , Dmitrij Zinovevič Tëmkin, somtimes translated as Dmitri Tiomkin) (May 10, 1894 – November 11, 1979) was a film composer and conductor. ... Milton R. Krasner was a film cinematographer. ... October 18 is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years). ... See also: 1945 in film 1946 1947 in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events Top grossing films North America The Bells of St. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Robert Siodmak (August 8, 1900 - March 10, 1973) was a film director born in Memphis, Tennessee (sometimes his birthplace is stated as Dresden, Germany). ... Olivia Mary de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a two-time Academy Award winning actress and is the last surviving principal cast member from Gone with the Wind. ... publicity photo for Ayres Lew Ayres (December 28, 1908 – December 30, 1996) was an American actor. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Vladimir Posner. ...


Dark Mirror was remade as a TV movie in 1984, with Jane Seymour as the twins and Vincent Gardenia as the cop. Jane Seymour OBE (born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg on February 15, 1951) is an English-born actress probably best known today as the star of the TV series and film Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. ... Vincent Gardenia (January 7, 1922 - December 9, 1992) was an American stage, film, and television actor. ...

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Plot

Olivia de Havilland plays twins in the film

This psychological thriller tells the story of a pair of identical twins, one loving and nice and the other severely disturbed. A doctor is killed and witnesses identify one of the twins as the person seen having a quarell with the victim shortly before his death. A detective investigating the case cannot determine which twin did the killing since each can provide an alibi for the other. The cops ask for assistance from a doctor who studies twins to help crack the case.


Critical reaction

The film today receives mixed reviews but praise almost always goes to Robert Siodmark's capable direction.


Main cast

Olivia Mary de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a two-time Academy Award winning actress and is the last surviving principal cast member from Gone with the Wind. ... publicity photo for Ayres Lew Ayres (December 28, 1908 – December 30, 1996) was an American actor. ... A scene form Its a Wonderful Life; Uncle Billy (Thomas Mitchell) cant find the money that Mr. ... Richard Long (December 17, 1927 - December 21, 1974) was an American actor best known for his roles in The Big Valley and Nanny and the Professor. ...

Trivia

The Guilty (1947) and The Man with My Face (1951) and Dead Ringer (1964) are other black-and-white film noirs that deal with doubles. The Guilty is a 1947 film based on a story by Cornell Woolrich. ... The Man with My Face is a 1951 United Artists film noir crime/thriller motion picture starring Barry Nelson, Carole Mathews, Lynn Ainley, John Harvey, Jim Boles, and Jack Warden. ... A dead ringer is slang term for having a very strong resemblence. See also doppelgänger. ... Black-and-white or black and white) can refer to a general term used in photography, film, and other media (see black-and-white). ...


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