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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.

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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Tomorrow she will know what she did tonight! 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

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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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 3 (2018) See more »

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Music by Lionel Newman
Played at the hotel lounge
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Whirlwind
9 June 2004 | by BumpyRideSee all my reviews

Movies were meant to entertain, and not all movies can be a "Citizen Kane" but this movie does what it's meant to do. Gene Tierney, perhaps the most beautiful actress ever to grace the screen, and highly under rated, handles the task of playing the fragile, accused murderess in the movie. An odd choice but Jose F. does a great job too...his hospital scene still makes me wince when he gets up from his bed! Barbara O'Neil (aka, Scarlet's mother) pops up in the most unlikeliest of places, but I have a new appreciation for her work. She adds style and elegance to every movie she appears in, including this one as the murdered socialite. Sure the movie might have some flaws, but if you listen carefully everything can be explained. It's great viewing time and again.


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