- Follow the Leader: Universal made Mirage as a Spiritual Successor to their recent hit Charade. Besides having a screenwriter (Peter Stone), two actors (Walter Matthau and George Kennedy), and a snappy One-Word Title in common, the two films are both Thrillers with plenty of Plot Twists, Witty Banter, and a MayDecember Romance between a middle-aged hero and his younger Love Interest. A year later, Mirage got its own follow-up with Arabesque, which re-united Stone with Gregory Peck. And of course, all three films owe much to the works of Alfred Hitchcock.
- Darker and Edgier: However, the murders and other violence in Mirage are treated more seriously than in the other two films, and the stakes (when they're finally revealed) turn out to be much higher.
- Those Two Actors: Diane Baker, Leif Erickson and George Kennedy had all been featured in the previous year's Joan Crawford/William Castle thriller Strait Jacket.
- What Could Have Been: According to the film's trivia page at IMDb, Rock Hudson was the original choice to play David Stillwell, while the role of Shela was offered to Tippi Hedren and Leslie Caron.
Trivia / Mirage (1965)