Whirlpool (1949)

Director
Otto Preminger

Main cast
Gene Tierney; Richard Conte; José Ferrer; Charles Bickford; Barbara O'Neil

Genres
Drama, Thriller, Crime

Description
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 doctor is found murdered, with her still at the scene, and suspicion points only one way.


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