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Only it isn't Terry! It's Terry's identical twin sister and roommate Ruth (also De Havilland, of course) who was seen by multiple witnesses at a concert and walking in the park. Or ''was'' it Terry? All the sisters will tell Stevenson is that one of them has an alibi, and the other was home alone. They refuse to say which one is which. A frustrated Stevenson realizes that without any way to show which sister was the one seen at Dr. Peralta's apartment, he can't arrest either of them.

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Only it isn't Terry! It's Terry's identical twin sister and roommate Ruth (also De de Havilland, of course) who was seen by multiple witnesses at a concert and walking in the park. Or ''was'' it Terry? All the sisters will tell Stevenson is that one of them has an alibi, and the other was home alone. They refuse to say which one is which. A frustrated Stevenson realizes that without any way to show which sister was the one seen at Dr. Peralta's apartment, he can't arrest either of them.



One of only two films where Olivia de Havilland played a villain, ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte'' being the other. The first film Lew Ayres made in four years, after he was fired from the Film/DrKildare series for supposedly refusing to serve in World War II--in fact Ayres had volunteered to serve in a non-combat role, and did serve as a front-line medic in the Philippines.

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One of only two films where in which Olivia de Havilland played a villain, ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte'' being the other. The first film Lew Ayres made in four years, after he was fired from the Film/DrKildare series for supposedly refusing to serve in World War II--in fact Ayres had volunteered to serve in a non-combat role, and did serve as a front-line medic in the Philippines.


''The Dark Mirror'' is a 1946 FilmNoir directed by Robert Siodmak.

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''The Dark Mirror'' is a 1946 FilmNoir PsychologicalThriller directed by Robert Siodmak.


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''The Dark Mirror'' is a 1946 film directed by Robert Siodmak.

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EvilTwin.]]

''The Dark Mirror'' is a 1946 film FilmNoir directed by Robert Siodmak.

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* WordAssociation: Another of the tests that Dr. Peralta runs on the twins. It's a big dramatic moment when each of them associates "mirror" with "death".

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* WordAssociation: WordAssociationTest: Another of the tests that Dr. Peralta runs on the twins. It's a big dramatic moment when each of them associates "mirror" with "death".

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* {{Gaslighting}}: Terry starts doing this to Ruth after becoming jealous of her and also becoming suspicious that Ruth will rat on her. She uses such tricks as turning the lights on quickly in the middle of the night and telling her now-awake sister she must be hallucinating, and hiding a music box in the house and leaving it on.

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''The Dark Mirror'' is a 1946 film directed by Robert Siodmak.

The film opens with one Dr. Frank Peralta lying on the floor of his apartment, stabbed to death. Investigating officer Lt. Stevenson (Creator/ThomasMitchell) soon finds multiple witnesses placing Peralta's girlfriend, Terry Collins (Creator/OliviaDeHavilland) at the scene. Stevenson is confident that he has his woman--until Terry reveals that she has an ironclad alibi, as multiple witnesses saw her elsewhere that night.

Only it isn't Terry! It's Terry's identical twin sister and roommate Ruth (also De Havilland, of course) who was seen by multiple witnesses at a concert and walking in the park. Or ''was'' it Terry? All the sisters will tell Stevenson is that one of them has an alibi, and the other was home alone. They refuse to say which one is which. A frustrated Stevenson realizes that without any way to show which sister was the one seen at Dr. Peralta's apartment, he can't arrest either of them.

With no other option, Stevenson approaches Dr. Scott Elliot (Creator/LewAyres), another doctor in the same office building where Peralta practiced and where the sisters run a concession stand. Elliot is a psychiatrist who just happens to be conducting research on twins. Elliot recruits the Collins sisters for one of his twin studies. While finding out some dark things about Terry, Elliot starts to develop feelings for Ruth. Terry does not like this one bit.

One of only two films where Olivia de Havilland played a villain, ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte'' being the other. The first film Lew Ayres made in four years, after he was fired from the Film/DrKildare series for supposedly refusing to serve in World War II--in fact Ayres had volunteered to serve in a non-combat role, and did serve as a front-line medic in the Philippines.

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* CigaretteOfAnxiety: Terry, who is marked out as being the EvilTwin by being a smoker, really smokes up a storm after she sees Ruth and Elliot kissing on the front steps.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Sure does work out well that the guy with an office right next to the twins' concession stand is a specialist on identical twins.
* CoordinatedClothes: The twins often wear matching outfits.
* EvilTwin: Terry, it turns out, is a sociopathic murderer, driven to fits of violence by her pathological jealousy of Ruth.
* {{Fainting}}: Ruth faints when Stevenson tells her that Dr. Peralta is dead.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: How do we know that Terry is the EvilTwin? Because she smokes, of course.
* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: Terry says "Who else have you told this to?" when Elliot reveals that he has figured out that she is insane and she killed Dr. Peralta. Soon after she is reaching for scissors to stab him InTheBack with, but he turns just before she picks them up.
* IdenticalTwinIDTag: While the sisters often wear CoordinatedClothes, the clothes usually have a T or R monogram. And when they're not wearing the monogrammed outfits they're wearing necklaces that actually spell out "TERRY" or "RUTH".
* IfICantHaveYou: Why Terry killed Dr. Peralta and why she almost kills Elliot. She fell in love with both of them, only to figure out that each of them preferred Ruth.
* InkblotTest: One of the tests that Dr. Elliot runs on the twins. Terry's responses to the ink blots are just a little bit weirder.
* LieDetector: Another test that Dr. Elliot runs on the twins. He observes that Terry's lie detector graph spikes crazily whenever he asks her a question about Ruth.
* PlotHole: So, Dr. Peralta was courting Terry while actually preferring Ruth, only he didn't know they were twins...so what name did he call them? If he called the woman behind the counter "Terry" then at some point Ruth would have surely corrected him, and if he called her "Ruth" then Terry would have known right off the bat that Peralta was confused.
* SiblingTriangle: Dr. Peralta was in one without knowing it. The sisters took turns manning the counter, and while Dr. Peralta wound up taking Terry out, he actually preferred Ruth. When Terry found this out, she killed him. Later, Terry takes a fancy to Dr. Elliot, only to be sent into another jealous fury when she sees him kissing Ruth.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Just to make sure the audience knows Dr. Elliot is smart, he's shown fiddling with a chess board at home.
* TheSociopath: Dr. Elliot calls Terry a "paranoiac", but he does describe her as having no conscience and no sense of right or wrong.
* TwinSwitch: The twins were in the habit of alternating shifts at the concession stand without anyone else being the wiser. At the end, after being told that Ruth has killed herself, Terry starts insisting that she is Ruth.
* WordAssociation: Another of the tests that Dr. Peralta runs on the twins. It's a big dramatic moment when each of them associates "mirror" with "death".

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