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Whirlpool (1949)

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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.

Director:

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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Can a man make a woman do things she doesn't want to? See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

28 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dilemma 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

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 »

Goofs

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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Charles Bickford's performance
31 January 2008 | by jonathan shankeySee all my reviews

Just watched this last night. I'm a fan of Otto Preminger and was therefore full of hopes, but after a terrific opening 20 minutes, it sort of falls away after all that I think. However, what a fantastic performance from Charles Bickford as the Lieutenant. Brilliant. Worth it to see his performance alone -- Ferrer is wonderful in the opening scene when he defends Gene Tierney and generally adds the right dosage of menace, but the self-hypnosis in the hospital bed is unlikely and the final ten minutes in the house are vaguely ridiculous. The relationship between him and Tierney is very strong however. It is sad to think that Tierney struggled so much health-wise, because to my mind she was the most beautiful of her generation and is utterly plausible in any of the movies that I have come across..


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