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In this compelling and unusual psychological melodrama Ann Sutton (Gene Tierney), a woman tormented by her secret kleptomania seeks help from a unscrupulous hypnotist David Korvo (Jose Ferrer). Although she is married to a successful psychiatrist (Richard Conte), and has no need to steal the items which she could easily purchase, she finds herself powerless to control her urge. She is finally caught when she attempts to steal a brooch from a department store but she is saved by Korvo who
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It's a fine example of the way Preminger, on occasion, managed to deflect routine melodrama into something more personal and profound.
There is no doubt that people will do strange things under hypnotic spell and that the techniques of hypnotism may be villainously employed. But you don't catch this fairly rational corner believing for one minute the hocuspocus that goes on.
Preminger's ambiguous relation to his characters and his sense of moral relativity have seldom been put to such haunting use.
Directed with a healthy feel for his twisted characters by Otto Preminger.
A daft premise does little to detract from the enjoyment of this tense, well-made murder mystery.
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