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Whirlpool (1949)




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It is best to check one's logic in the lobby while indulging in the melodramatic machinations of Whirlpool. It all begins when Ann Sutton (Gene Tierney), the fashionable wife of a wealthy psychiatrist (Richard Conte), is caught shoplifting in a posh department store. She is rescued by erudite fortune-teller David Korvo (Jose Ferrer), who promises to cure her of her kleptomania through hypnosis. In truth, Korvo plots to use poor Ann as the cover for a complex murder scheme. In lesser hands, the film's bizarre climax might have been laughable: as handled by Jose Ferrer, however, it comes surprisingly close to believability. Adapted by Ben Hecht and Andrew Solt from a novel by Guy Endore, Whirlpool is directed with a delightful lack of restraint by Otto Preminger, who'd previously guided Tierney through the somewhat more credible Laura (1944).

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Gene Tierney
as Ann Sutton
Richard Conte
as Dr. William Sutton
José Ferrer
as David Korvo
Charles Bickford
as Lt. Colton
Barbara O'Neil
as Theresa Randolph
Eduard Franz
as Martin Avery
Constance Collier
as Tina Cosgrove
Fortunio Bonanova
as Feruccio di Ravallo
Ruth Lee
as Miss Hall
Ian MacDonald
as Store Detective Hogan
Bruce Hamilton
as Lt. Jeffreys
Alex Gerry
as Dr. Peter Duval
Larry Keating
as Mr. Simms
Mauritz Hugo
as Hotel Employee
John Trebach
as Freddie
Lawrence Dobkin
as Surgeon Wayne
Jane Van Duser
as Miss Andrews
Nancy Valentine
as Taffy Lou
Clancy Cooper
as Policeman
Eddie Dunn
as Policeman
Charles Flynn
as Policeman
Randy Stuart
as Miss Landau
Helen Westcott
as The Secretary
Phyllis Hill
as Cocktail Party Guest
Roger Moore
as Fingerprint Man
Margaret Brayton
as Policewoman
Sue Carlton
as Elevator Girl
Ted Jordan
as Parking Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Whirlpool

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

It's a fine example of the way Preminger, on occasion, managed to deflect routine melodrama into something more personal and profound.

October 23, 2007 | Full Review…

There is no doubt that people will do strange things under hypnotic spell and that the techniques of hypnotism may be villainously employed. But you don't catch this fairly rational corner believing for one minute the hocuspocus that goes on.

October 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Preminger's ambiguous relation to his characters and his sense of moral relativity have seldom been put to such haunting use.

October 23, 2007 | Full Review…

A film that keeps me hooked for an hour and a half by combining police film noir and psychological thriller with a twisted plot about hypnotism, blackmail and murder. [Full review in Spanish]

August 6, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Jose Ferrer's insolent finesse turns a conventional melodrama into a fascinating; one-man show.

March 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Whirlpool's stand-out scene, in which a somnambulant Gene Tierney incriminates herself ... uses the conventions of horror cinema as much as that of noir.

January 17, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Whirlpool

Tierney plays a woman who has kleptomania, and doesn't want her husband to find out. It's very thrilling, I liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Not so great. Relies heavily on psychology practices from over half a century ago which ultimately dates it.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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