Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dark Mirror (1946)

Olivia deHavilland stars in a dual role as twins suspected of murder. Actually one of them is suspected but the question is which one? Lew Ayres is brought in to try and figure that out for cop Thomas Mitchell.

This film kind of caught me by surprise. in the process of doing some cleaning I needed something to watch so I reached into a pile DVDs from All Clues and No Solutions and pulled this out not knowing what it was. Putting it in it started and I didn't think much of it, and then after about five minutes I was hooked and the time cleaning became less and less and the time watching became more and more.

Hitting pretty much every psychological/good twin Bad twin cliche the film none the less remains entertaining thanks to  the performances, deHavilland has rarely been better, and a script which keeps things twisting. When one of the twins who eyes a pair of shears late in the film a chill will go up your spine as you worry if the good doctor is going to take it in the back.

This is a solid little thriller that is more the sort of film that you'd expect to come from a B studio, but it's been gussied up by a major studio and given an A level shine.

Definitely one to keep an eye out for.

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