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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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Martin Avery
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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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The interrogation room is decorated with calendars from Pierce Brothers Mortuary and Inglewood Park Cemetery. These seem rather inappropriate for a police station, and may have been someone's idea of a dark joke. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, it is obvious that the store's "glass" doors have no glass in them whatsoever. 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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hypnotic
27 February 2007 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

Gene Tierney plays a beautiful kleptomaniac married to a successful psychoanalyst who appears more vulnerable than she in fact is. She comes under the influence of a calculating and dangerous hypnotist played by Jose Ferrer, who not only wants to fleece her financially but also has a strong desire have her in some weird way where he can win over her husband, whom he seriously resents for his successes and recognition in his work. Aside from his glaring professional and personal inadequacies which he glosses over with his smooth delivery, he turns out to be quite dangerous. Forget her kleptomania, which is nothing compared to the psychological minefield portrayed so well by Ferrer. The film's best and most interesting angle is his obsessions, which ruin him, a reason to watch this film with a certain fascination.


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