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  • Actors: Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell, Richard Long, Charles Evans
  • Directors: Robert Siodmak
  • Writers: Nunnally Johnson, Vladimir Pozner
  • Producers: Nunnally Johnson
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CVT8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,722 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

German exile Robert Siodmak directs this classic film noir. A man is found with a knife in his back, and the detective (Thomas Mitchell) in charge of the murder enquiry narrows his list of suspects down to two identical sisters (both played by Olivia de Havilland). In trademark noir fashion, a psychologist (Lew Ayres) is enlisted to help sort good sister from bad, and a psychotic tale of sibling rivalry unfolds.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
After a doctor is found murdered, the chief suspect is a woman (Olivia De Havilland) identified by several witnesses at the scene. But the detective (Thomas Mitchell) assigned to the case discovers that she has an identical twin sister (also De Havilland) which begs the question ..... which one is the murderess? The director Robert Siodmak (THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE) and De Havilland tip their hand fairly early in the film so that we know who the murderer is so the suspense comes from how will they find out and will they find out before she commits another killing. Siodmak provides the requisite moody atmosphere and De Havilland does an excellent job of differentiating between the two sisters, it's really one of her best performances. Lew Ayres is the psychiatrist who attempts to find out which is the twisted sister through psychological means and ends up falling in love with one of them. The screenplay is by Nunnally Johnson who would return to the subject again nine years later with THREE FACES OF EVE. The effective underscore is by Dimitri Tiomkin. With Richard Long and Ida Moore.

The Olive region one DVD is a handsome B&W transfer in the appropriate 1.33 aspect ratio.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sue on 3 Oct. 2013
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Been searching for this film for years. Love old black and whites. Very nostalgic..the dark mirror is a good story about twins, one evil and one good .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Old Movie Fan on 25 Aug. 2013
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I love this film & only had a worn out TV recording so thanks a million, Amazon, for this truly excellent product.
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A wonderful noir picture with a very improbable noir heroine. A very good plot and I am surprised that in those days trick photography could come out so well and be so invisible. I tried very hard to see how it was done but couldn't make it out. I guessed who the bad twin was very early on but then came to doubt, sometime later, whether I was wrong.

I recommend this to anyone who likes proper movies (instead of this bilge we get nowadays) and really good female acting.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Sept. 2013
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The Dark Mirror is directed by Robert Siodmak and adapted to screenplay by Nunnally Johnson from a story by Vladimir Pozner. It stars Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell, Richard Long and Charles Evans. Music is by Dimitri Tiomkin and cinematography by Milton Krasner.

A man appears to have been murdered by one of the identical twin Collins sisters, but both of whom have an alibi. The police and the psychiatrist have their work cut out...

Straight out of the corner of postwar Hollywood that began to take fascination with mental illness, The Dark Mirror triumphs more as a technical exercise than as anything resembling thought provoking analysis. The simplistic Freudian elements aside, film is impressively mounted and performed by Siodmak and de Havilland respectively. Story follows the trajectory of a cat-and-mouse game, with the makers nicely putting us the viewers into the same struggle the authorities have in sussing out which sister is the damaged killer.

Siodmak's (The Spiral Staircase) attention to detail and grasp of mood setting really lifts the piece to greater heights. Aided by the considerable photographic skills of Krasner (The Set-Up), Siodmak creates a world of psychological disturbance, a place aligned with suspense and symbolism. Right from the doozy of an opening scene to the denouement, Siodmak manages to keep the contrivances to the rear of the play and let de Havilland and the visual textures be the prime focus.

The effects work is very good, with de Havilland having to quite often play off against herself. Sure in today's age of High Definition et al, you don't have to stretch your viewing experience to see how the effects were done, but why would you?
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By Rebekah Stock on 9 July 2014
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Excellent - delivered quickly and a brilliant movie.
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By david dixon on 20 Aug. 2013
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decent copy of a good film thanks hoped it would have been remastered but still enjoyed the classic thriller four stars
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