A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.
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
When Dr. Peterson enters the library at the mental hospital, The word "LIBRARY" is clearly visible on the door in large letters. When she exits, it is gone. See more »
Miss Carmichael, please. Dr. Petersen is ready for you.
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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 »
Not one of my favourite Hitchcocks. This psychological drama draws on familiar territory for the director: it's about a supposedly wronged man, on the run for murder, the victim of a conspiracy that he must unravel before the police close the net. The twist is that the mystery lies inside his amnesic mind, and his new love interest must attempt to solve the clues and puzzle out the truth before it's too late.
My main problem with this film is the story, or lack thereof. It's just too slender to sustain a feature-length production, and the denouement, when it comes, is largely routine (save for a shocking childhood flashback) and could have been explained a lot earlier. There are extraneous characters galore and long, drawn-out sequences where nothing much happens. I found Hitchcock's trademark tension to be thin on the ground, and I was expecting a lot more from the man who made the likes of FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT and NORTH BY NORTHWEST.
On the plus side, the film boasts a central pair of good performances from both Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman, and a fine supporting turn for THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.'s Leo G. Carroll. It's just a shame their talents couldn't have been put to use in a better production.
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