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Whirlpool (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 28 November 1949 (USA)
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A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence.

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Dr. William 'Bill' Sutton
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David Korvo (as Jose Ferrer)
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Theresa Randolph
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Martin Avery
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Tina Cosgrove
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The wife of a psycho-analyst falls prey to a devious quack hypnotist when he discovers she is an habitual shoplifter. Then one of his previous patients, now being treated by the real psycho-analyst, is found murdered. With her still at the scene suspicion points only one way. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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There are two sides to every woman when she gives her heart to one man...and she loses her soul to another. See more »


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Otto Preminger previously directed Gene Tierney in Laura (1944). They would work together again twice more in Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) and Advise & Consent (1962). See more »

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Ann is arrested on June 3, 1949, but we later read on her file that she was fingerprinted by police on May 27, 1949. See more »

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David Korvo: You were wise not to tell your husband, Mrs. Sutton. A successful marriage is usually based on what a husband and wife don't know about each other.
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Featured in Breathless (1960) See more »

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Music by Lionel Newman
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Charles Bickford's performance
31 January 2008 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Just watched this last night. I'm a fan of Otto Preminger and was therefore full of hopes, but after a terrific opening 20 minutes, it sort of falls away after all that I think. However, what a fantastic performance from Charles Bickford as the Lieutenant. Brilliant. Worth it to see his performance alone -- Ferrer is wonderful in the opening scene when he defends Gene Tierney and generally adds the right dosage of menace, but the self-hypnosis in the hospital bed is unlikely and the final ten minutes in the house are vaguely ridiculous. The relationship between him and Tierney is very strong however. It is sad to think that Tierney struggled so much health-wise, because to my mind she was the most beautiful of her generation and is utterly plausible in any of the movies that I have come across..


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