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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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Otto Preminger

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screenplay), Andrew Solt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

28 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Methinks the Lady See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Constance Collier. 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 »

Quotes

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
Played at the hotel lounge
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One of the most senseless and dullest noirs ever made
28 May 2006 | by oversplayerSee all my reviews

As a lover of film noir, I can say without hesitation that this is one of the worst ever. Joe Ferrer's hypnosis of Gene Tierney to allow her to sleep is nothing compared to the yawns which are brought about by the slow pace, lack of action, and interminable pauses between lines. At one point, Gene Tierney swears that she hasn't be lying, and you want to respond: "Of course, you haven't. You haven't said anything of import." The storyline makes absolutely no sense. Jose Ferrer has set up the perfect crime so what does he do? Return to the scene for no good reason so that he can be caught. He hypnotizes Gene Tierney to steal incriminating evidence and then has her place the items where they will undoubtedly discovered in just a matter of time. A complete waste of wonderful performers. Cross this one off the list.


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