The Hypnotist (1957 film)

The Hypnotist is a 1957 British thriller film directed by Montgomery Tully and starring Paul Carpenter, Patricia Roc and Roland Culver.[1] It follows a hypnotist who attempts to convince one of his patients to murder his own wife, whom he has grown sick of. It was based on a play by Falkland Cary. The film was released as Scotland Yard Dragnet in the U.S.

The Hypnotist
UK poster
Directed byMontgomery Tully
Produced byAlec C. Snowden
Written byMontgomery Tully
Based ona play by Falkland Cary
StarringPaul Carpenter
Patricia Roc
Roland Culver
Music byTrevor Duncan
CinematographyPhil Grindrod
Edited byGeoffrey Muller
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
29 July 1957 (UK)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical reception

The Radio Times wrote "Irish-born director Montgomery Tully was one of the key figures in the British B-movie industry during the 1950s and 1960s. This is one of his better efforts, as psychiatrist Roland Culver attempts to frame disturbed test pilot Paul Carpenter for the murder of his wife. Culver does a nice line in evil manipulation and Patricia Roc is typically spirited as the girlfriend standing by her man";[2] while TV Guide wrote, "the film drags on and on, going nowhere and taking too long to get there." [3]


  1. "The Hypnotist (1957) | BFI". Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  2. "The Hypnotist | Film review and movie reviews". Radio Times. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  3. "Scotland Yard Dragnet Review". Retrieved 26 June 2014.

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