“Twins, especially identical twins — well, agonies of jealousy are possible!”
A psychologist (Lew Ayres) tries to determine which of a pair of identical twins (both played by Olivia de Havilland) has committed a murder.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Mistaken or Hidden Identities
- Murder Mystery
- Olivia de Havilland Films
- Robert Siodmak Films
- Thomas Mitchell Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “creepy, extremely well-made psychological melodrama” features “moody, extremely controlled direction by Robert Siodmak, who smartly builds tension rather than relying on histrionics.” Siodmak effectively exploits the cinematic trope of jealous identical twins — and while the analysis may be “of the dimestore variety”, the story remains enjoyable, primarily because “we can participate in solving the mystery.” Indeed, I’m amazed at how long I was kept in the dark about who the murderer was, and whether she would turn out to be the crazy twin as well. As Peary points out, de Havilland’s choice to not play the twins as “complete opposites” works well, and adds to the dramatic tension; her performance is indeed “superlative, especially playing the nutty one”.
- De Havilland’s “superb” performance as identical twins
- Creative camerawork, which convincingly shows de Havilland as both twins at once
Yes. This is an excellent noir drama, and well worth seeking out.
- Noteworthy Performance(s)