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The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 1 October 1956 (USA)
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 »


Noel Langley


Morey Bernstein (book), Noel Langley


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Teresa Wright ... Ruth Simmons
Louis Hayward ... Morey Bernstein
Nancy Gates ... Hazel Bernstein
Kenneth Tobey ... Rex Simmons
Richard Anderson ... Dr. Deering
Tom McKee Tom McKee ... Catlett
Janet Riley Janet Riley ... Lois Morgan
Charles Boaz Charles Boaz ... Jerry Thomas
Lawrence Fletcher ... Cranmer
Charles Maxwell Charles Maxwell ... Father Bernard
Walter Kingsford ... Professor
Noel Leslie Noel Leslie ... Edgar Cayce
William Joseph Barker William Joseph Barker ... Himself (as William J. Barker)
Eilene Janssen ... Bridey Murphy at Age 15
Bradford Jackson 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 <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Release Date:

1 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La vita oltre la vita See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Most people in Ireland would pronounce Bridey, as Bride with a y. See more »


Referenced in The She-Creature (1956) See more »

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I believe in Bridey!
19 August 1999 | by pcoyneSee all my reviews

This film is modestly budgeted, and was no doubt hastily made. But it is nonetheless a fascinating cultural artifact, a portrait of a time when the idea of reincarnation was a radical concept in America. The director had a genuine interest in the subject, and the always appealing Teresa Wright does a lovely job dancing the "Morning Jig." In many ways, this film is a lot more forthright and a lot less hokey than "The Three Faces of Eve," which would make an interesting pairing with "Bridey" on a double bill. I have to give it an unweighted 8, and pray that Shirley MacLaine never decides to remake it.

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