If the story line for the new Ann Jillian movie for NBC, "Killer in the Mirror," sounds familiar, it should.
The two-hour mystery, which airs March 31, has Jillian as Karen, a struggling antique dealer, and her twin sister, rich and devious Samantha. After Samantha drowns, Karen assumes her identity as a wealthy widow--involving her in a murder her sister may have committed (that's the supposed premise, but beware of further twists).
It sounds a bit like "Dead Ringer" (1964), with Bette Davis as a twin who shoots the other and assumes her identity. Also "A Stolen Life" (1946), with Davis as a twin taking the other's place. Both were produced by Warner Bros., which co-produces "Killer in the Mirror." Although "Dead Ringer" was ostensibly an original, "A Stolen Life" was an acknowledged remake of the British "A Stolen Life" (1939)--with Elisabeth Bergner as the twins.
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"Mirror" executive producer Jack Grossbart said his "initial concept was to do a remake of 'Dead Ringer,' a movie I had always loved. But everyone turned us down, saying 'Dead Ringer' was dated."