The movie I am looking for consists of two stories which are almost separate, almost as if someone took two movies and concatenated them.
In the first part of the story, the protagonist learns to hypnotise people. I don’t remember much from this part except that I think he also hypnotised a cat and a dog.
But I remember the second part better: The protagonist somehow acquired the ability to read minds (he just “hears” other people’s thoughts). He proves this to his girlfriend, who thinks “touch my hand” and he does, and then “kiss me” and he does. He goes on to help the police sort criminals from innocents by reading their thoughts during interrogations.
Later at a restaurant, he “overhears” someone’s thoughts of plotting a murder. The alleged murderer comes up with the idea of burying evidence in his garden. He runs off to alarm the police and an investigation occurs in which no evidence buried in the guy’s garden is found. It later turns out that the guy is actually an author and the murder plot was for one of his crime novels. He writes under a pen name, which I believe was “Lex Fortis”.
I believe the film may have been released in the 70s or 80s, but this is a guess. It’s definitely older than 1995.