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Director:
Writers:
Ben Hecht (screen play)
Frances Beeding (suggested by novel: "The House of Dr. Edwardes")
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Release Date:
28 December 1945 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Strange . . . Strange . . . Their Irresistible Love! Dark . . . Dark . . . Their Inescapable Fears ! See more »
Plot:
A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The ease of the analysis is hard to swallow but the tension is well maintained See more (147 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ingrid Bergman ... Dr. Constance Petersen

Gregory Peck ... John Ballantyne
Michael Chekhov ... Dr. Alexander Brulov

Leo G. Carroll ... Dr. Murchison

Rhonda Fleming ... Mary Carmichael
John Emery ... Dr. Fleurot

Norman Lloyd ... Mr. Garmes
Bill Goodwin ... House Detective
Steven Geray ... Dr. Graff

Donald Curtis ... Harry
Wallace Ford ... Stranger in Hotel Lobby
Art Baker ... Det. Lt. Cooley

Regis Toomey ... Det. Sgt. Gillespie
Paul Harvey ... Dr. Hanish
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean Acker ... Matron (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Railway Gateman (uncredited)
Richard Bartell ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Harry Brown ... Gateman (uncredited)

Joel Davis ... John Ballantine as a Boy (uncredited)
Jacqueline deWit ... Nurse (uncredited)
Edward Fielding ... Dr. Anthony Edwardes (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Leaving Elevator (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ... John Ballantine's Brother (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Sheriff (uncredited)
George Meader ... Hallett - Railroad Clerk (uncredited)
Matt Moore ... Policeman at Train Station (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ... Dr. Brulov's Housekeeper (uncredited)
Addison Richards ... Police Captain (uncredited)
Erskine Sanford ... Dr. Galt (uncredited)
Janet Scott ... Norma Cramer (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ... Secretary at Police Station (uncredited)
Dave Willock ... Bellboy (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (screen play)

Frances Beeding (suggested by novel: "The House of Dr. Edwardes")

Angus MacPhail (adaptation)

John Palmer (novel "The House of Dr. Edwardes") uncredited &
Hilary St. George Sanders (novel "The House of Dr. Edwardes") uncredited

May E. Romm (contributing writer: foreword) uncredited

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
George Barnes (photographed by)
 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
 
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... unit manager (uncredited)
Richard Johnston .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lowell J. Farrell .... assistant director
Charles Barton .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Salvador Dalí .... dream sequence based on designs by (as Salvador Dali)
John Ewing .... associate art director
Emile Kuri .... interior decorator
 
Sound Department
Richard DeWeese .... recorder (as Richard De Weese)
Arthur Johns .... sound effects mixer (uncredited)
Arthur Johns .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special effects
Clarence Slifer .... special effects associate (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer (uncredited)
John F. Warren .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Rex Wimpy .... second camera operator: dream sequence (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Howard Greer .... gowns: Miss Bergman (uncredited)
Ann Peck .... wardrobe supervisor: women (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Hal C. Kern .... supervising film editor
William H. Ziegler .... associate film editor
 
Music Department
Audrey Granville .... associate composer (uncredited)
Samuel Hoffman .... musician: theremin (uncredited)
Earl B. Mounce .... music mixer (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barbara Keon .... production assistant
May E. Romm .... psychiatric advisor (as May E. Romm M.D.)
Ann Harris .... research director (uncredited)
Eileen Johnston .... psychiatric advisor (uncredited)
Clarita Heath Reiter .... technical director: skiing sequence (uncredited)
Rex Wimpy .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound" - UK (complete title), USA (promotional title)
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Runtime:
111 min | Canada:95 min (Ontario)
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Color:
Color (Two frames tinted) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (f) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1947) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-release) (re-rating) (2008) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1992) (1996) (2000) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #10456)

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Trivia:
The first preview took place on 27 September 1944, after which David O. Selznick deleted an opening montage showing treatment of mental cases. After principal photography was completed, Selznick was involved with sound re-recording of the dialogue and the editing, eliminating about 14 minutes of the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Dr.Brulov asks Dr. Constance to see her notes, he takes out his pencil from his jacket twice.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Nurse:[offscreen] Miss Carmichael, please. Dr. Petersen is ready for you.
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Movie Connections:
References The Great Train Robbery (1903)See more »
Soundtrack:
Spellbound ConcertoSee more »

FAQ

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23 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
The ease of the analysis is hard to swallow but the tension is well maintained, 11 July 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

The head of the famous Green Manors mental asylum is being replaced by a younger psychiatrist, Dr Edwards. When Edwards arrives he falls for Dr Petersen and she for him. However, after exhibiting some very strange reactions, Edwards is exposed as a fraud - an amnesiac who has deep issues and may or may not have killed the real Edwards prior to taking up his job. Blinded by her love for him, Petersen flees the police with him and protects him as she tries to uncover the truth locked deep within his mind.

As someone who watches way too many films for my own good I probably should have seen Spellbound many years ago. Making up for lost time I watched it recently unsure of even the basic plot. I was surprised by the twist (which I guess for 99% of those watching this, won't be a twist) that Edwards was not who he claimed (thought) to be. The psychoanalysis against the clock scenario was a bit too tidy, but it does work well. I'm not a big believer of this world of therapy so some of the scenes stuck in my throat but it was proof of Hitchcock's ability that he managed to make them tense.

The example that came to my mind was the film Blackjack by John Woo in which Dolph Lungren is scared of the colour white! In that movie I was almost in fits of laughter when Lungren is stopped in his tracks by the bad guys spilling lots of milk everywhere! Here there was no such reaction to Edwards' similar fear. The director really manages to bring out tension and paranoia in every scene – there was nary a moment where I wasn't involved in the film, it was hard to know whether Edwards was a killer, a nut or what! Some of the imagry is a little obvious (doors opening) but most is good and the Dali dream sequences are pretty cool.

Of course part of this is down to Peck playing just perfect. Some of his bug eyed reactions to lines etc would have been comical had he not been able to follow through, but he did. It is to his credit that I was kept guessing as to his intentions right through the film. Bergman is also good but has to carry lines such as `I believe him because I could never feel this way for a man with badness in him' (I'm paraphrasing), the romantic side of the film is harder to carry but she does it well. Support is good, but Leo G Carroll looks very young indeed and took me by surprise when I saw him!

Overall I enjoyed this film even though there was so much that could have been a mess. It is to Hitchcock's credit that he cranks the tension up well and never lets it get silly (as it could easily have been in lesser hands). Some of it is a little too easy (isn't this deep seated stuff meant to take years rather than days?) but this aside it moves swiftly along and is a very interesting way to make a thriller.

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