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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Noir psycho-drama from Otto Preminger is an uneven old-fashioned melodrama. Jose Ferrer steals the show as a slimy charlatan, and there are a handful of strong moments - but ultimately, it's really nothing special or memorable. Film noir fans may find it moderately entertaining.
If the screenwriter, Ben Hecht had taken the time to iron out the plot inconsistencies, this could have been a great movie. Nevertheless, "Whirlpool" is still an interesting psychological thriller well worth watching.
Gene Tierney has always been used at her best when she had to play heroines who were somehow disconnected to (their) reality: drugs in 'Shanghai Gesture', sublimated in a painting and believed to be dead in 'Laura', in love with a ghost in 'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir'... Here sleepwalking and the victim of a dubious psychoanalyst... Her mere presence is enough to convey all the depths and darkness of her character.
Not particularly memorable. Uneven and flat, and doesn't come close to Laura. More like a moderately entertaining piece to watch if in need of another film noir fix. I'm starting to warm up to Gene Tierney, though, and Ferrer makes an excellent villain.