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.