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4.0 out of 5 stars "Whirlpool (1949) ... Gene Tierney ... Otto Preminger (Director) (2005)", 24 Jan 2011
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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation presents "WHIRLPOOL" (1949) (98 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --
Whirlpool is a sleek thriller about the well-to-do. Ann Sutton (Gene Tierney), the fashionable, neurotic wife of a prominent psychoanalyst, is kleptomaniac --- When she is arrested at an upscale department store for stealing a broach, she is save by Korvo (José Ferrer), an astrologer and hypnotist who specializes in separating gullible rich women from their money.

An interesting film that is well worth watching --- Jose Ferrer as Korvo is a standout but Gene Tierney seems to have lost her fire and ends up sleepwalking through the film, even when she is not hypnotized.

The shot in which Gene Tierney stands before the portrait is an obvious homage to Laura and a rare moment of self-quotation in Preminger's oeuvre. David Raksin's theme song, good but not great evokes the heroine's descent into a vortex.

Under the production staff of:
Otto Preminger [Director/Producer]
Ben Hecht [Screenplay]
Andrew Solt [Screenplay]
Guy Endore [Novel]
David Raksin [Original Music]
Arthur C. Miller [Cinematographer]
Louis R. Loeffler [Film Editor]

BIOS:
1. Otto Ludwig Preminger [Director]
Date of Birth: 5 December 1905 - Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary (now Wyschnyzja, Ukraine))
Date of Death: 23 April 1986 - New York City, New York

2. Gene Tierney
Date of Birth: 19 November 1920 - Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death: 6 November 1991 - Houston, Texas

3. Richard Conte
Date of Birth: 24 March 1910 - Jersey City, New Jersey
Date of Death: 15 April 1975 - Los Angeles, California

4. José Ferrer [aka: José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón]
Date of Birth: 8 January 1912- Santurce, Puerto Rico
Date of Death: 26 January 1992 - Coral Gables, Florida

the cast includes:
Gene Tierney - Ann Sutton
Richard Conte - Dr. William 'Bill' Sutton
José Ferrer - David Korvo (as Jose Ferrer)
Charles Bickford - Lt. James Colton
Barbara O'Neil - Theresa Randolph
Eduard Franz - Martin Avery
Constance Collier - Tina Cosgrove
Fortunio Bonanova - Feruccio di Ravallo

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 98 min on DVD ~ 20th Century Fox ~ (09/06/2005)
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