The Man in the Mirror (1936)

The Man in the Mirror (1936)
Running Time: 71 Minutes
Dir. Maurice Elvey
Cast: Edward Everett Horton, Genevieve Tobin, Ursula Jeans
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy

Screening Time: Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

A delightful fantasy comedy. A mild-mannered wallflower (Horton) is surprised when his reflection in a mirror comes to life and begins to live the wild life of his dreams.


  1. tfsadmin

    January 10, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Maurice Elvey had been one of the major European film makers of the teens but the British industry was unable to supply him with projects of comparable ambition and he spent a lot of the thirties taking on vehicles for visiting US stars – here dithery second banana Horton. The actor's comic skill and his ability to differentiate the unturning worm business partner and his go getter dopelganger, emerging from the looking glass, show that Horton could carry a leading role – though hardly this one where the script wants us to believe the film's glamorous women see him as an object of desire.

    The mounting is elaborate – studio constructed tube train station, exclusive London West End hotel and Chinese restaurant etc. The English cast are superior, though they waste Alisair Sim and Elvey's handling is accomplished. Watch the wide shot of the office where the two Hortons move round conducting a conversation with the correct eye lines and timing.

    Elvey did better sound films than this SALLY IN HER ALLEY, PHANTOM FIEND, THE LAMP STILL BURNS but MAN IN THE MIRROR passes the time well enough.

    Edward Aperson's US release has been sloppily titled – Gary Marsh is passed off as Gary Walsh and Felix Aylmer is missing.

  2. tfsadmin

    January 10, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Twickenham and Julius Hagen in the 1930s were synonymous with quota quickies.However this has far superior production values together with2 America actors,Edward Everett Horton and Genevieve Tobin as the leads.Everetts alter ego comes out of the mirror and replaces him.He actually makes loves to his wife,is friendly to his mother in law,shows great financial acumen and outwits his partner Garry Marsh.Horton gives his usual first class performance.The sets are absolutely marvelous a riot of art deco.Maybe it was investing in films of this quality that sent Hagen into bankruptcy and the end of his film career in little more than a year after this film was made

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