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Posted by on Jan 14, 2011 in Kick-Back Friday

Kick-Back Friday: #150

Kick-Back Friday: #150


Whirlpool (1949): Patient privacy is merely a thing of the future in this Fox noir movie, ruddered (yet again) by Otto Preminger and starring (yet again) Gene Tierney. General plausibility is also laughably out the window, which makes viewing with a small, vocal crowd almost mandatory.

As the wife of an ever-understanding, if boneheaded, psychiatrist (Richard Conte, in an unusal casting move), Tierney* hides her lifelong neurosis and insomnia with incredible ease. But when forced, she seeks mental help from a charismatic charlatan (Jose Ferrer), who uses hypnosis to his highly creative advantage.

* Who had real-life mental troubles of her own.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.