The Dark Mirror

Synopsis: A woman suspected of murdering her doctor boyfriend has an identical twin sister. When both twins have an alibi for the night of the murder, a psychiatrist is called in to assist a detective in solving the case. Through a series of tests, he discovers which twin actually committed the crime and in the course of his investigation he falls in love with the normal twin.
Director(s): Robert Siodmak
Production: Universal
85 min

- Good morning, Lieutenant.

- Good morning, Templar.

They are all here.

How would you want them?

Give me the woman that

reported it first.

- Her husband is with her.

- Alright both of them.

You and your husband.

The name of the victim?

Dr. Frank Peralta.

Frank Peralta.

All right, what happen?

When I arrived this morning at 7.30

There he was, just lying there.

You live at the same address?

That's right, the same floor.

- You saw him last night?

- Around 10 o'clock.

He was coming home.

I was going out.

- He was alone?

- No, he had a young lady with him.

- You know the young lady?

- Never saw her. Very pretty.

What was she wearing?

A blue suit, and

flowers in her hair.

- Gloves?

- I do not think so.

- I guess they were going home?

- That's what I assumed.

- And that was at 10 o'clock?

- Around 10.

You think you know her

if you saw her again?

I think so. We met face to face.

I see.

What do you know about her?

I live in the apartment

under doctor Peralta.

About 10:
35 last night

I heard this thud.

- How do you know the time?

- I had just turned on the 10:30 news.

I heard footsteps on

the stairs outside.

I opened my door a bit.

I was curiosity.

I'm glad you were.

What did you see?

A young woman very pretty

passed me and went out.

From doctor Peraltas apartment?

I suppose so.

But you didn't see her

come out of his door?

I'm not sure. I don't think so.

Do you think you

would recognize her?

Yes, I'm sure.

I got a good look at her.

She passed under the light.

I see.

You're his secretary?

I was...

Want do you know of his

plan for last night?

He had an engagement for diner

with a girl called Teresa Collins.

You don't like her?

I know very little about her.

But I couldn't believe that

Dr. Peralta was in love with her.

You mean he thought he was?

Sometimes he did,

sometimes he didn't.

But she treated him badly,

she kept him in such a state.

He was going to propose

to her last night.

Teresa Collins?

You know where she lives?

I can tell you where she works.

She runs a magazine stand

in the Medical Building.

Where Dr. Peralta

office are - were.

Mrs. Didriksen, you first.

See if you recognize anyone.

Keep your mind on

what you're doing.

You go out with me and

I buy you a steak.

Good enough for me.

- I ain't kidding.

- Neither am I.

When I get out of this monkey

suit I ain't a bad looking guy.

You go, Benson.

The girl all right.

Behind the counter.

- Are you sure?

- Pretty sure.

Won't you swear to it?

I think so.

Still, there is something...

Yes, I swear to it.

I hope you'll remember that.

- Don't you remember me?

- Sure if you want me to.

I remember you all right.

- Where did she go?

- How do I know. So?

That's the girl all right.

- You would swear to it?

- Yeah. On a stack of Bibles.


We'll get in touch later.

It looks pretty good.

Miss Collins?

I'm from the Police.

- I beg your pardon.

- Good morning, Doctor.

Can you show me something

in the line of lemon drops.

- How about lemon drops?

- Very good idea!

I do not know how to thank you.

Would you mind to tell me

how you spent last night?

- Why?

- You mind?

- No, but...

- From 8 o'clock on.

- What it's all about?

- Begin it at 9.

Will you tell me then?

All right. I went for a

walk Jefferson Park.

- Alone?

- Yes.

How long?

I came home around 11:30.

For nearly three hours you

walked alone in the park?

Not exactly. For two hours I was

listening to a band concert

A then I strolled by the lake

and sat listening to the water.

Then I got chilly, and went home.

- Didn't you met anyone you knew?

- I didn't say that.

Anyone that knows

you, I should say.

My butcher and his wife

were at the concert.

- What is the name there?

- Peterson, 14th street.

- You'd speak with him?

- Sure, we old friends!

I can check, remember.

All right, check.

Anyone else?

The park policeman down by the lake.

We talked for a while.

Do you know his name and number?

No. But we know each other.

We've talked there before.

- Is he a sweetheart?

- Not till I get his name anyway.

The truth is...

And a boy Nat de Grott

walked me home with me.

Where do I find him?

He works at the supermarket

of 15th Street.

And he actually

walked home with you?

Go ask him, if you

don't believe me.

- I intent to.

- What is this all about?

Dr. Peralta was

murdered last night.


Stabbed in the heart.


Break it up.

What do you want?

Hello, Franklin?

She's all right now.

A little shaky. But

okay the doctor says.

Okay, let her go.

Are you kidding?

Of course I'm not kidding.

It's a free country.

You mean the two witnesses that

saw her smack at the place?

Against three that saw

her smack away from it.

7 km away!

I saw them. Three solid

taxpaying, God fearing citizens,

that knows her and talked to her all

over Jefferson Park last night.

From 9 o'clock to 11:35 p.m.

- What do you know about that?

- I don't get it.

It makes no more sense to

me than Chinese music.

Second floor, Lieutenant.

Can I come?


- How do you feel now?

- All right, thank you.

It sticks...

The alibi.

Of course, it's the truth.

That butcher now, he couldn't

be in love with you.

I don't think so either.

- Guys generally falls in love with you?

- Some.


He was a dear friend... very dear.

Why did you quarrel with him?

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Nunnally Johnson

Nunnally Hunter Johnson was an American filmmaker who wrote, produced, and directed motion pictures. more…

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