Mirage


1h 49m 1965
Mirage

Brief Synopsis

A biochemist suffers memory lapses, finds bad guys after him, and has no idea why.

Film Details

Genre
Mystery
Thriller
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New York opening: 26 May 1965
Production Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Location
New York City, New York, USA
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Fallen Angel by Walter Ericson (Boston, 1952).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 49m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Synopsis

As New York City's Unidyne Building is thrown into darkness, peace worker Charles Calvin falls from his 27th-floor window. David Stillwell descends the long stairway that leads to street level, but he soon realizes that he cannot remember people he meets, among them Shela, who apparently know him. When he returns to the building, he finds that there are no stairs and that offices he has remembered do not exist. Going to his own apartment, he meets Lester, a gunman who wants to take him to "the Major." David knocks Lester unconscious, then goes to the police, but his story is not believed because he cannot remember where or when he was born. He goes to psychiatrist Dr. Broden, who refuses to help him for fear of becoming involved with the police. Detective Ted Caselle takes on the challenge but is quickly murdered in his office. Threatened now by two gunmen, David returns to Dr. Broden, and together they deduce that he is a physiochemist and that he lost his memory when he saw his best friend, Calvin, fall to his death. Now it is recalled that David had discovered the secret of neutralizing radioactivity at its source, that he had taken his discovery to Calvin, and that then he had attempted to destroy the formula when it became apparent that Calvin, for mercenary gain, wanted to pass it on to his business associate, Major Crawford. Trying to prevent the burning of the formula, Calvin fell to his death. Now recalling everything, David returns to the Unidyne Building and comes face to face with Crawford. Intent on obtaining the formula, Crawford threatens David, but Shela comes to his rescue.

Film Details

Genre
Mystery
Thriller
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New York opening: 26 May 1965
Production Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Location
New York City, New York, USA
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Fallen Angel by Walter Ericson (Boston, 1952).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 49m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Articles

Mirage


A biochemist suffers memory lapses, finds bad guys after him, and has no idea why.
Mirage

Mirage

A biochemist suffers memory lapses, finds bad guys after him, and has no idea why.

Quotes

Wouldn't it be hilarious if it turned out you actually knew what you were doing?
- David Stillwell
Those people aren't even ants to him! They're articles of commerce! And I'm the cost accountant, trying to cut down his overhead with what you and he call "progress"!
- David Stillwell
Dammit, Josephson, commit! If you're not committed to anything, you're just taking up space!
- David Stillwell
But whatever that horrible thing that happened... I don't want to know about it!
- Dr. Broden
Broden, there's no doubt you're a brilliant scientist... But you're not much of a doctor, or of a human being, either.
- David Stillwell
God knows.
- Dr. Broden
I'm tired of you, David. Just give me the formula and get the hell out of here...!
- Crawford Gilcuttie
What's the matter, Major? You seem nervous!
- David Stillwell
...Why should I be?
- Crawford Gilcuttie
That's what I want to know...
- David Stillwell
Josephson?
- David Stillwell

Trivia

Notes

Copyright length: 109 min. Location scenes filmed in New York City.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1965

Re-released in United States on Video February 11, 1997

Remade as "Jigsaw" (1968).

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1965

Re-released in United States on Video February 11, 1997