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1 October 1956 (USA) See more »
After being shown what hypnotism can do, a Doctor sets out to study it in depth. When experimenting on his friend's wife... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Teresa Wright ... Ruth Simmons

Louis Hayward ... Morey Bernstein

Nancy Gates ... Hazel Bernstein

Kenneth Tobey ... Rex Simmons

Richard Anderson ... Dr. Deering
Tom McKee ... Catlett
Janet Riley ... Lois Morgan
Charles Boaz ... Jerry Thomas
Lawrence Fletcher ... Cranmer
Charles Maxwell ... Father Bernard
Walter Kingsford ... Professor
Noel Leslie ... Edgar Cayce
William Joseph Barker ... Himself (as William J. Barker)

Eilene Janssen ... Bridey Murphy at Age 15
Bradford Jackson ... Brian MacCarthy at Age 17
James Kirkwood ... Brian MacCarthy at Age 68
Hallene Hill ... Bridey Murphy at Age 66
Denise Freeborn ... Bridey Murphy at Age Eight
Ruthie Robinson ... Bridey Murphy at Age 4

James Bell ... Hugh Lynn Cayce
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jan Bradley ... Guest (uncredited)

Alexander Campbell ... Dr. May (uncredited)
Hugh Corcoran ... Duncan Murphy Jr. at Age 10 (uncredited)

Anne Cornwall ... Mother (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... John MacCarthy (uncredited)
Flora Jean Engstrom ... Hysterical Woman (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Druggist (uncredited)
Charles Fogel ... Druggist (uncredited)
Marion Gray ... Mrs. Fuller (uncredited)
David Halper ... Rex's Son - Butch (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sharon Manns ... Crippled Girl (uncredited)
Ken Miller ... Duncan Murphy Jr. - Age 17-19 (uncredited)
Tom Nolan ... Crippled Boy (uncredited)
James O'Rear ... Reverend Conway (uncredited)
Earle Ross ... Morey Bernstein's Father (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ... Duncan Murphy Sr. / Duncan Murphy Jr. at Age 70 (uncredited)
Josephine Whittell ... Mrs. Shayne (uncredited)
Wendy Winkelman ... Rex's Daughter (uncredited)
Jeane Wood ... Kathleen Murphy (uncredited)

Directed by
Noel Langley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Morey Bernstein  book
Noel Langley 

Produced by
Pat Duggan .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb (uncredited)
Cinematography by
John F. Warren 
Film Editing by
Floyd Knudtson 
Art Direction by
Arthur Lonergan 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Grace Gregory 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Vreeland .... assistant director
Sound Department
Paul Franz .... sound
Charles Grenzbach .... sound
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Irvin Talbot .... music supervisor
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Howard Jackson .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Victor Young .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
USA:Approved (certificate #18190)

Did You Know?

"Bridey" is pronounced "Briddy", short for "Bridget".See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The She-Creature (1956)See more »


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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Brave little movie., 13 October 2012
Author: merrywood from Connecticut

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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