|In The Undead , a call girl remembers|
her past as an accused witch.
This dreary, uninvolving tale captured the public’s fancy and imitations followed in rapid succession. Spell of the Hypnotist (1956), Roger Corman’s The Undead (1957), and the Bowery Boys’ Hold That Hypnotist (1957) all concerned people who learned of previous existences through hypnotism. Corman’s movie, shot in a refurbished supermarket, was the best of the bunch, mixing witch trials and time travel elements with its reincarnation plot.
Hypnotism also played a prominent role in the only reincarnation musical comedy, Barbra Streisand’s On a Clear Day You Can Forever. Men were reincarnated as women in Goodbye, Charlie (1964), Cleo/Leo (1989), and Switch (1991).
No discussion on celebrity reincarnation would be complete without mentioning Shirley MacLaine, who espoused her beliefs in Out on a Limb, a TV-movie based on her autobiographical best seller In Defending Your Life (1991), Shirley introduced people to their past lives at the heavenly Past Lives Pavilion.
Finally, I'd be remiss not to mention to The Mummy movies, in which reincarnation is often a recurring theme. Here's a representative sample of reincarnation films: