The Kiss Before the Mirror | Chicago Reader

The Kiss Before the Mirror

Known for his stylish Universal horror films—Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man—James Whale was also adept with more literary projects, such as Journey's End, By Candlelight, and this 1933 production, which is widely regarded as his best work outside the shockers. (Five years later, Whale remade it as Wives Under Suspicion.) Frank Morgan, well before his cuddly typecasting at MGM (The Wizard of Oz), plays a prosecuting attorney haunted by the similarities between the case he's prosecuting—that of a young man on trial for killing his unfaithful wife—and his own feelings toward his spouse (Nancy Carroll). With Paul Lukas, Gloria Stuart, and Walter Pidgeon. 67 min.


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