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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 persuades the store not to prosecute. Grateful and desperate for help, Ann allows Korvo to treat her. Korvo, taking advantage of Ann's vulnerability, hypnotizes her and sends her to the home of a former mistress whom he has stolen money from and subsequently murdered when she threatened to turn him in to the police. Ann is charged with the murder. Convinced of his wife's innocence, Richard must crack Korvo's seeming airtight alibi. Richard tricks Korvo into returning to the scene of the crime to find some evidence in the exciting conclusion. This unusual tale of murder and mental illness was written by a blacklisted Ben Hecht under the pseudonym "Lester Barstow" and bears a striking resemblance to another Hecht thriller, Alfred Hitchcock's Alfred Hitchcock. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

  • Release date:November 28, 1949


Gene Tierney
as Ann Sutton
Richard Conte
as Dr. William Sutton
José Ferrer
as David Korvo
Charles Bickford
as Lt. Colton
Barbara O'Neil
as Theresa Randolph
Eduard Franz
as Martin Avery
Constance Collier
as Tina Cosgrove
Fortunio Bonanova
as Feruccio di Ravallo
Ruth Lee
as Miss Hall
Alex Gerry
as Dr. Peter Duval
Larry Keating
as Mr. Simms
Mauritz Hugo
as Hotel Clerk
Myrtle Anderson
as Agnes
Lawrence Dobkin
as Surgeon Wayne
Nancy Valentine
as Taffy Lou
Clancy Cooper
as Watchman
Eddie Dunn
as Watchman
Randy Stuart
as Miss Landau
Helen Westcott
as The Secretary
Howard Negley
as Gordon
Robert Foulk
as Andy
Phyllis Hill
as Cocktail Party Guest
Margaret Brayton
as Policewoman
Sue Carlton
as Elevator Girl
Ian MacDonald
as Store Detective Hogan
Sue Carlton
as Elevator Girl
Robert Foulk
as Andy
Margaret Brayton
as Policewoman
Phyllis Hill
as Cocktail Party Guest


Otto Preminger
Otto Preminger
Ben Hecht
Arthur C. Miller
David Raksin
Composer (Music Score)
Alfred Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Leland Fuller
Art Director
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Charles LeMaire
Costume Designer
Oleg Cassini
Costume Designer
Fred Sersen
Special Effects