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The Dark Mirror (October 18, 1946)

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Olivia de Havilland
 

Released on October 18, 1946: A man is murdered by a woman who has an identical twin sister, and neither can be charged because no one can tell them apart.

Produced by Nunnally Johnson

Directed by Robert Siodmak

The Actors: Olivia de Havilland (Theresa ‘Terry’ Collins and Ruth Collins), Lew Ayres (Doctor Scott Elliott), Thomas Mitchell (Police Lieutenant Stevenson), Richard Long (Rusty), Charles Evans (District Attorney Girard), Garry Owen (Sergeant Franklin), Lela Bliss (Mrs. Didriksen), Lester Allen (George Benson), Jean Andren (District Attorney's secretary), Rodney Bell (police fingerprint man), Lane Chandler (hospital intern), Jack Cheatham (policeman), Ben Erway (Police Lieutenant), Bess Flowers (nightclub patron), Jack Gargan (waiter), William Halligan (Police Sergeant Temple), Charles McAvoy (Mr. O'Brien, janitor), Marta Mitrovich (Frances Beade, dead man's secretary), Ida Moore (Mrs. O'Brien), Ralph Peters (street policeman), Lane Watson (Mike, assistant)

 

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The Perfect Murder by the Insane Sister

As I write this in October 2016, Olivia de Havilland is one hundred years old and still living in France. The British lady was born in Tokyo, Japan on 1 July 1916 to a British patent lawyer working in Japan. Her younger sister, Joan Fontaine (Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland), became a Hollywood actor who was almost as famous as Olivia. Olivia and Joan were so jealous of each other’s careers that they nurtured an intense dislike for each other that never lessened.

In this murder thriller, Olivia de Havilland is Theresa ‘Terry’ Collins, and she also plays the part of identical twin sister Ruth. One of them has murdered her boyfriend, but even though there are eye witnesses who can place her at the scene of the crime, the police cannot prove positively which sister was the killer. Neither sister will confess, and the police are unable to charge either of them for the crime.

Lew Ayers, who became famous as young Doctor Kildare, is also a doctor in this thriller. He is Doctor Scott Elliott, who coincidentally has specialized in the study of identical twins. When the police encourage him to study the two girls to see if one of them is good and one is evil, he quickly determines that one of the sisters is indeed very, very insane.

No one who knows the twins can tell them apart, and neither of them acts anything less than normal, but one of them is an insane killer. Even when we finally know which sister is insane, they can swap identities so easily that we cannot be sure which is which. Murder is once again on the mind of the insane sister, and the police may not be able to stop her from killing the doctor as he gets closer and closer to the truth. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

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Olivia de Havilland
Charles Evans and Thomas Mitchell
Charles Evans and Thomas Mitchell
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Charles Evans
Charles McAvoyac
Charles Evans
Garry Owen
Garry Owen
Ida Moore and Charles McAvoy
Ida Moore and Charles McAvoy
Lela Bliss
Lela Bliss
Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres
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Lew Ayres and Olivia de Havilland
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Lew Ayres and Richard Long
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Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres
Marta Mitrovich
Marta Mitrovich
Marta Mitrovich
Marta Mitrovich
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Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
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Olivia de Havilland and Charles Evans
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Olivia de Havilland and Lew Ayres
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Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell and Lew Ayres
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Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
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Richard Long and Lela Bliss
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Thomas Mitchell
Thomas Mitchell and Garry Owen
Thomas Mitchell and Garry Owen
Thomas Mitchell and Garry Owen
Thomas Mitchell and Garry Owen
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Thomas Mitchell and Lester Allen
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Thomas Mitchell and Olivia de Havilland
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Thomas Mitchell