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Dark Past (1948)

In Dark Past, Polish-born director Rudolph Maté (1898–1964) explores the world of psychoanalysis popular in the 1940s, in an attempt to explain societal violence.  William Holden (1918–1981) plays a killer who breaks into a psychiatrist’s hunting lodge, accompanied by his girlfriend and a young gang of thugs. Hostages are taken and one of them is killed. Lee J. Cobb (1911–1976) plays the psychiatrist, Dr. Walker. Walker psychoanalyzes the killer and discovers that his troubled youth causes him to be violent.  The murdering stops once this diagnosis is revealed. 

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