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The Dark Mirror [Blu-ray] (1946)

Olivia de Havilland , Lew Ayres , Robert Siodmak  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell, Richard Long, Charles Evans
  • Directors: Robert Siodmak
  • Writers: Nunnally Johnson
  • Producers: Nunnally Johnson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089LT8L4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,495 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Olivia De Havilland (The Heiress) plays twin sisters in this entertaining psychological film noir. The twins are implicated in a Hollywood murder and a police detective (Thomas Mitchell) must figure out if one or both were involved in the killing. Lew Ayers plays a psychiatrist approached by the detective to help with the complicated case... he agrees to see them separately and he's immediately attracted to one of them and fears the other one to be killer, but he's worried that if he's wrong he could end up on a slab in the morgue himself. Beautifully shot in glorious black-and-white by Milton Krasner (All About Eve) with a haunting musical score by Dimitri Tiomkin (Dial M For Murder) and superior direction by noir-specialist Robert Siodmak (The Killers). Vladimir Pozner received a Best Writing, Original Story Oscarr nomination. Screenplay by the film's producer, Nunnally Johnson (The Grapes of Wrath).

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Olivia De Havilland Shines August 6, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Although director Robert Siodmak is most closely identified with noir classics such as The Killers, Crisscross, and The Phantom Lady, The Dark Mirror is a fine addition to his portfolio. Expanding on the scope of his creativity, Siodmak relies heavily on the performance that he draws from star actress Olivia De Havilland. The Dark Mirror is a psychological thriller about a murder committed by one of two twin sisters; Ruth and Terry Collins. Playing both sister roles, De Havilland's acting ability and developmental character depth is tested. De Havilland passes admirably. At first the twin sisters seem physically and emotionally similar. Subltle nuances differentiate their personalities and it is De Havilland's fine acting that peels away the layers of emotionalism that define each sister's character traits. De Havilland aided by keen camera work by Siodmak, keeps viewers on edge as she shifts roles within frames that are shared by both sisters. ( I still don't understand how Sidomak achieved this- especially the scenes when Terry is comforting a terrifed Ruth.) When Terry attempts to drive Ruth insane, thoughts of Gaslight come to mind, but De Havilland's dual performance creates even more interest. Dimitri Tomkin's musical score is also a plus as it serves to accentuate the emotions that heighten the film's climactic expressions shared by the twin sisters. The script by Nunnally Johnson, is sometimes mundane, and it seems that the film's eighty- five minute running time is consciously stretched. The film's ending is a surprise as Terry's wrath and frustration finally surface.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Double DeHavilland January 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The Dark Mirror is an improbable, yet entertaining suspense story about a detective and a psychiatrist's attempts to determine which one of a pair of twins committed murder. The movie succeeds because of the effective performance by Olivia deHavilland as the twins. Rather than making the twins polar opposites (which is what most actresses whould have done and most twins aren't), she subtlely distinguishes between the two, and her performance at the climax of the movie is very memorable. The special effects to give the illusion of two Olivias are quite good, especially given the time when the film was made. All in all, it's an entertaining movie and I'd recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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 DVD is a nicely rendered B&W transfer in its appropriate 1.33 aspect ratio
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost forgotten little gem November 14, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
"The Dark Mirror" has not been shown on TV for many years. I remember seen it when I was a teenager and being completely mesmerized by Olivia DeHavilland's subtle playing of identical twin sisters. (This feat was also accomplished by her WB friend/competitor, Bette Davis in more or less at about the same time in another melodrama, "A Stolen Life".)

The plot consists of a murder that seems to point to one of the twins - one naive and one cunning. THe final outcome iis telegraphed quite early (for a contemporary audience), but it is nevertheless fun to watch the story as it unfolds to its obvious conclusion. This little B-movie gets the usual deft direction by noir expert, Robert Siodmak. Thomas Mitchell plays the detective and Lew Ayres a psychiatrist in love with one of the sisters.. The Blu-Ray version by Olive Films is tack sharp and with excellent B&W contrast. THis is a must for lover of film noir, 40's B&W melodramas, Siodmak and DeHavilland fans, in other words, a must.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Shining Reflection on Olivia de Havilland August 27, 2010
By ronzo
Format:VHS Tape
Starring Olivia de Havilland and Olivia de Havilland, THE DARK MIRROR is a fun, psychologically-oriented, murder mystery. It is probably foremost, a super vehicle for Olivia to show her acting chops. She plays twin sisters (Terry and Ruth Collins) convincingly; using the subtlest of nuances to depict both personalities.

It is also a splendid job by Robert Siodmak. Imagine, he also made the superb THE KILLERS in the same year. There is only a single scene, where Terry and Ruth are speaking face to face, that looks the slightest bit artificial: the rest is an amazing technical achievement by any standard.

The Oscar nominated story (Vladimir Pozner), screenwriting (Nunnally Johnson), music (Dimitri Tiomkin) and cinematography (Milton Krasner) are all very fine. And when you find that Olivia de Havilland is supported by the likes of Lew Ayres and Thomas Mitchell; there's nothing left but to sit back and enjoy.

This is definitely a film that deserves a DVD/Blu-ray release.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Taut Psychological Thriller with Strong Central Performance(s)
THE DARK MIRROR is a lesser-known entry into the canon of films noir that dominated Hollywood in the mid-Forties. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
What an actress. Olivia De Havilland is so versatile. She can play the nice girl and the naughty girl all in the same movie and pull it off perfectly. Awsome.
Published 2 months ago by Tamera Waddington
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising but not utterly realized DeHavilland Near Classic
I accidentally learned about this twin feature and had to see ASAP. Why? Olivia is as much fun as Bette Davis -- and Davis has two great twin melodramas herself. Read more
Published 3 months ago by NotTheOnlyFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good job
Was in perfect condition and works great took longer than I thought to get to us but was worth the wait
Published 3 months ago by tarrie steele
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Dark Mirror
My wife and I liked this clever and suspenseful movie from 1946. We also liked the special effects of having both the good and evil sisters played by the same person.
Published 4 months ago by Roger M. Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
Good reproduction. Great to add to your collection, especially if you are a fan of Olivia. I'm glad I bought it.
Published 4 months ago by broncobilly
3.0 out of 5 stars Very predictable...
Very predictable..actors just going through their lines..passionless dialogue delivered with wooden expressions.Much surprised plot goes in straight line...no surprises here.
Published 4 months ago by C. Huth
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the cover of this movie
It was fun seeing beautiful Olivia de Havilland playing two parts, and she did it so very well. Very entertaining. The picture and sound were great.
Published 4 months ago by MD Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
I had never seen this film and expected it to be somewhat like the Bette Davis films where she plays twins, but this was entirely different. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Katherine Salisbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Olivia
Another great one. Olivia is the best. Someday I hope to have a copy of all of her films. I do have several to date, but many are on VHS tapes.
Published 6 months ago by Sara Fernandez
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