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The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956)

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After being shown what hypnotism can do, a Doctor sets out to study it in depth. When experimenting on his friend's wife, she regresses back to an earlier life- that of Bridey Murphy. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Simmons
Morey Bernstein
Hazel Bernstein
Rex Simmons
Dr. Deering
Tom McKee ...
Janet Riley ...
Lois Morgan
Charles Boaz ...
Jerry Thomas
Lawrence Fletcher ...
Charles Maxwell ...
Father Bernard
Walter Kingsford ...
Noel Leslie ...
Edgar Cayce
William Joseph Barker ...
Himself (as William J. Barker)
Eilene Janssen ...
Bradford Jackson ...
Brian MacCarthy at Age 17


After being shown what hypnotism can do, a Doctor sets out to study it in depth. When experimenting on his friend's wife, she regresses back to an earlier life- that of Bridey Murphy. Several hypnotic sessions explore the life and death of Murphy, a 19th Century Irish lady who lived in Cork and Belfast from 1798 to 1864. The Doctor then attempts to verify if Bridey Murphy really existed. Written by Gary Jackson <>

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1 October 1956 (USA)  »

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La vita oltre la vita  »

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"Bridey" is pronounced "Briddy", short for "Bridget". See more »


Referenced in The Undead (1957) See more »

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Brave little movie.
13 October 2012 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

At the time of release of this film from the book, The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956), the concept of reincarnation was virtually unknown to the masses in the Western World. Today, some 56 years later, it has become fact to many scholars and researchers in this part of the world. Internationally known physicians, specializing in psychiatry, now spend their lives in its research and work in its further exploration. The real miracle of this little, low budget film is that it was made at all at a time of fear and ignorance of one of the basic keystones of ontology.

The book itself is rather shallow as the film but this is probably due to the lack of comprehension of not just the subject of reincarnation but hypnosis itself, which was then not a widely practiced form of psychotherapy. At that time, religionists and their authoritarian scripture heavily controlled the subject of human consciousness much as it is in the Middle East today.

At this writing, schools teach self-hypnosis. It is understood to be a method of focusing and nothing fearful, reprehensible or a dangerous practice of some mysterious Rasputin. In addition, it is known that regression itself is a simple guided focusing and not some bizarre scheme of being controlled by someone else. No one can control anyone else through hypnosis. They can only suggest and persuade. It is up to the subject to accept or reject the persuasion.

Edgar Cayce, who is briefly mentioned in this film, is now honored for his life's work and anyone can join the internationally important Association of Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach, Virginia to study his life and work as well as research into consciousness.

The movie barely introduces the subject but it does so in a very believable way and with a lot of courage.

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