The Kiss Before the Mirror 01/23/21

KL Studio Classics

James Whale’s pre-Code melodrama of infidelity and murder frequently feels like a horror movie — some of the sets seem appropriate for Frankenstein and the bizarre transference of ‘eternal feminine guilt’ from one woman to another is an outdated sex role idea that resembles a supernatural curse. Whale gives the weird show everything he’s got. Frank Morgan is impressive as a romantic lead, with Nancy Carroll, Paul Lukas and favorite Gloria Stuart on hand as well. Plus a glorified small appearance by Walter Pidgeon — as a casual illicit lover!  I’m looking forward to reviewer Charlie Largent’s take on this handsomely restored disc, as I’m not sure I have a full handle on it, even with the good commentary by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.