Tommy Cooper's shyness is so crippling, he's failing his college courses. At the request of his sister, Dr. Bentley of the psychology department puts Tommy under hypnosis to find the cause ...
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Tommy Cooper's shyness is so crippling, he's failing his college courses. At the request of his sister, Dr. Bentley of the psychology department puts Tommy under hypnosis to find the cause of his fears. Instead, the young man claims to be Jack Welsch, a murderer hanged in 1888.Written by
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This episode was aired in 1956, during the height of the Bridey Murphy mania. In 1952 a self taught hypnotist with no background in psychology, 'regressed' a housewife to her supposed previous life as Bridey Murphy in 19th century Ireland. The housewife recounted enough details of this life to fill a best selling book and subsequent hit movie. However, when reporters investigated the details it turned out that Bridget Murphy never existed and the details about 19th century Ireland were all wrong. See more »
When a young man is afflicted with fear and shyness. He is afraid of his own shadow. He is flunking out of school and his sister goes to a psychology professor to help him out. It is the old story of a person in hypnotic state going back to a previous life: in this case he was formerly a convicted murderer who was eventually hanged. The story revolves around the hopefulness that hypnosis can adjust the level of emotional stability. We feel bad for this young man because his shyness invites the animus of his fellow students. He is seen as a wimp and treated as such. The place where things fall apart has to do with a group of educated men with significant responsibilities way overstepping the bounds of their rights and privileges. It's interesting how the people screening these stories never seemed to ask that hard questions relating to this.
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