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Spellbound (1945)

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

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Storyline

Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a psychiatrist at Green Manors mental asylum. The head of Green Manors has just been replaced, with his replacement being the renowned Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck). Romance blossoms between Dr. Petersen and Dr. Edwards but Dr. Edwards starts to show odd aversions and personality traits. It is discovered that he is an impostor, and amnesiac, and may have killed the real Dr. Edwardes. Dr. Petersen is determined to discover the truth through unlocking the secrets held in the impostor's mind, a process which potentially puts her and others' lives at risk. Written by grantss

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28 December 1945 (USA)  »

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Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound  »

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Budget:

$1,696,377 (estimated)
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| (Ontario) | (with overture and exit music)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Two frames tinted)|

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Miklós Rózsa hated working with David O. Selznick. See more »

Goofs

The position of Peterson's hands on Edwardes' bedpost changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nurse: [offscreen] Miss Carmichael, please. Dr. Petersen is ready for you.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: The fault.....is not in our stars, but in ourselves..... - Shakespeare Our story deals with psychoanalysis, the method by which modern science treats the emotional problems of the sane. The analyst seeks only to induce the patient to talk about his hidden problems, to open the locked doors of his mind. Once the complexes that have been disturbing the patient are uncovered and interpreted, the illness and confusion disappear.....and the devils of unreason are driven from the human soul. See more »

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Referenced in Charade (1963) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Doesn't hold up.
19 January 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

It reminds me of "Lady in the Dark" in its naive take on shrinkery.

It's nice to see Greg and Ingrid as always but they were better

elsewhere.

The storyline is, as the English say, "utter tosh" and is close to

satire itself. The aged doctor has been lampooned into the ground

by Sid Caesar on his program and Howie Morris in "High Anxiety"

(Which is, of course, a takeoff on Hitchcock.) and the

psychobabble is even funnier. The obviously rear-projected skiing

scene has been mentioned here many times over.

Loved the red gunshot!


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