Format: TCM on DVR
Director: Curtis Bernhardt
I watched this film a few years ago, and it seemed to bare a re-watch.
In the mid-40's, movies started to dabble a bit in the field of pop psychology. Now, I'm not a psychologist and I am pretty unfamiliar with the practice, but I do recognize clunky, semi-pedantic approaches to delivering ideas. And chucking those ideas in the 3rd reel in the name of plot.
High Wall (1947) is a pretty solid noir mystery that wants to exploit the latest trends in exploring the maze of the human mind, but also has one foot in "I dunno, do some hand waving about some medical stuff to expedite the story" that has always been par for the course for movies (and television). And, of course, throws medical ethics out the window when a lady gets romance-feelings for a possible murderer.