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Release Date:
28 November 1949 (USA) See more »
There are two sides to every woman when she gives her heart to one man...and she loses her soul to another. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nice movie. Major credit: Gene Tierney's presence See more (42 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Tierney ... Ann Sutton

Richard Conte ... Dr. William 'Bill' Sutton

José Ferrer ... David Korvo (as Jose Ferrer)

Charles Bickford ... Lt. James Colton

Barbara O'Neil ... Theresa Randolph

Eduard Franz ... Martin Avery

Constance Collier ... Tina Cosgrove
Fortunio Bonanova ... Feruccio di Ravallo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beau Anderson ... Soldier (uncredited)
Myrtle Anderson ... Ann's Maid (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Lovyss Bradley ... Nurse Elliott (uncredited)
Margaret Brayton ... Policewoman (uncredited)
Sue Carlton ... Elevator Girl (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Nurse (uncredited)

Clancy Cooper ... First Policeman (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joan Dix ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lawrence Dobkin ... Surgeon Wayne (uncredited)

Johnny Duncan ... Soldier (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Watchman (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ... Policeman (uncredited)

Sally Forrest ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Robert Foulk ... Andy - Policeman (uncredited)
Robert Garvin ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Alex Gerry ... Dr. Peter Duval (uncredited)
Bruce Hamilton ... Police Sgt. Robert Jeffreys (uncredited)
Phyllis Hill ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mauritz Hugo ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Ted Jordan ... Harry - Parking Attendant (uncredited)

Larry Keating ... Mr. Simms (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... Miss Hall (uncredited)

Ian MacDonald ... Store Detective Hogan (uncredited)
Joyce Mackenzie ... Daisy - Telephone Operator (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Fingerprint Man (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Gordon (uncredited)
Wanda Perry ... Miss Wilson (uncredited)
Anitra Sparrow ... Miss Landon (uncredited)

Randy Stuart ... Miss Landau (uncredited)
John Trebach ... Freddie (uncredited)
Nancy Valentine ... Taffy Lou (uncredited)
Jane Van Duser ... Miss Andrews (uncredited)
Lillian West ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Helen Westcott ... Secretary (uncredited)
Mack Williams ... Whorton (uncredited)
Shirley Witkin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Margaret Zane ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Otto Preminger 
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (screenplay) and
Andrew Solt (screenplay)

Guy Endore (novel)

Produced by
Otto Preminger .... producer
Original Music by
David Raksin 
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller (director of photography) (as Arthur Miller)
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler  (as Louis Loeffler)
Art Direction by
Leland Fuller 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Marie Walter .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Sid Bowen .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eli Dunn .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Winston H. Leverett .... sound (as Winston Leverett)
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Brown .... gaffer (uncredited)
Logan Brown .... grip (uncredited)
Paul Lockwood .... camera operator (uncredited)
Anthony Ugrin .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oleg Cassini .... costume designer: Gene Tierney
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Alfred Newman .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Other crew
H.A. Conway .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Weslie Jones .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Cora Presser .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Fred Schneider .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (DVD rating) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2003) | USA:Approved (certificate #13925)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Choose Me (1984)See more »
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44 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Nice movie. Major credit: Gene Tierney's presence, 20 June 2002
Author: pzanardo ( from Padova, Italy

In a movie like "Whirlpool" you must take the good together with the weaknesses and naivety. The story is reasonably interesting and entertaining: the quack doctor Korvo (Jose' Ferrer) hypnotizes and cheats Ann Sutton (Gene Tierney), the spouse of a distinguished psychoanalyst (Richard Conte). A mysterious murder ensues... Unfortunately, some twists of the story are unplausible, to say the least. The moody atmosphere and the suspense are tame, even for the standards of the 1940's.

The black and white cinematography and the use of the camera are excellent. The direction by Otto Preminger is sound. The job of the cast is very good, especially by Jose' Ferrer, Gene Tierney and Charles Bickford, as the old, life-weary policeman. Richard Conte is less convincing, possibly due to the uneasy character he has to play: a famous analyst who, indeed, is incredibly dumb in getting the mental problems of his adorable spouse. There is a certain evidence that old masters of film-making had no much esteem of psychoanalysis: here Dr. Sutton seems far less competent in psychology than the quack doctor Korvo.

The major credit of "Whirlpool" is the presence of Gene Tierney. Her divine beauty shines through the film, although it somewhat makes Dr. Sutton seem even more stupid. I say: Sutton neglects Gene Tierney, to go to some blasted scientific conference. Are you kidding or what? And Gene has some scenes to show her outstanding talent as an actress. For instance, see Gene at the police station, first dizzy at her voids of memory, thereafter bravely facing and ill-using her husband, who thinks her to be an adulteress (another great job by Sutton! He is really a genius!).

Thus Gene Tierney's class, loveliness, radiant beauty, talent are largely enough to erase the defects of "Whirlpool". Let me recommend this nice movie.

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