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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 »
NewsDesk:
(87 articles)
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Freudian fantasy See more (146 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:
Producer David O. Selznick originally wanted Joseph Cotten, Dorothy McGuire, and Paul Lukas in the roles ultimately played by Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman, and Leo G. Carroll. He also briefly toyed with the idea of bringing Greta Garbo out of retirement to play the Bergman role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The envelope which John Ballantine slips under the door of Dr. Peterson's room remains close to the door and with its border parallel to the door bottom line. Later it appears a little distant from the door and skewed.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Nurse:[offscreen] Miss Carmichael, please. Dr. Petersen is ready for you.
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Soundtrack:
Spellbound ConcertoSee more »

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Why did Constance brew coffee "with an egg in it?"
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34 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Freudian fantasy, 7 August 1999
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

A world in which Freudian psycho-analysis works as it's supposed to is rather like a world in which magic works - so call this film a fantasy. There's nothing whatever wrong with fantasy. Indeed, there's nothing better. Hitchcock announces at the very beginning that the story takes place in a Freudian world; thereafter he plays perfectly fair with us.

He even chose the right collaborators for a fantasy. The dream sequences were designed by Salvador Dali. (Anyone whose dreams really do look like Dali paintings maybe COULD do with some psycho-analysis.) They're not frightening - dream sequences rarely are - but they are at any rate more interesting than the usual dreams we might have or hear about. The music was by Miklós Rózsa, maybe the best of the composers who settled in Hollywood, certainly the most vividly overpowering. He was exactly the right choice for this film - however much Hitchcock disliked the score, or said that he did.

The story follows a confused Gregory Peck, who cannot remember key episodes of his recent (and not so recent) past, and who may, just possibly, be a dangerous criminal. Ingrid Bergman is a second-generation disciple of Freud who despite her professional caution finds herself falling in love with him. Perhaps it sounds cardboard already, but the performances invest the characters with more life than my descriptions did. Peck in particular is highly sympathetic. He comes across as not at all mad, not even mentally disturbed - just a man who can't remember one or two things and has an odd aversion to things like parallel lines. (That?s right - parallel lines.) Anyway, as I said, it's a fantasy: the forces of psychoanalysis must unravel the mystery before it's too late. (Why there's a "too late" is too complicated to go into.) The usual kind of Hitchcock suspense isn't there but the man WAS capable of moving outside his home genre now and then. Remember, his other fantasy was "The Birds".

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