Cinema: The New Pictures, Oct. 21, 1946

The Dark Mirror (Universal-International) begins with a shadow-menaced shot of a corpse, then plunges headlong into a feverish chase after a knife-wielding paranoiac killer. Made with considerable style, it is a more diverting whodunit than most of the current crop of movies that mix homicide with psychiatry. Thanks to some suave legerdemain in its direction and playing, it even gives the impression of being a better movie than it is.

The excellent opening scenes, tight-packed with sharply observed detail, are models of celluloid suspense. Police Detective Thomas Mitchell coldly interviews the victim's...

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