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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 »
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A Fine, Distinctive Film Despite Its Implausible Aspects See more (146 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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:
David O. Selznick wanted much of the film to be based on his experiences in psychotherapy. He even brought his psychotherapist in on the set to be a technical advisor. Once when she disputed a point of fact with Alfred Hitchcock on how therapy works, Hitchcock said, "My dear, it's only a movie."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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Spellbound ConcertoSee more »

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49 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
A Fine, Distinctive Film Despite Its Implausible Aspects, 9 July 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

"Spellbound" is one of Hitchcock's hardest films to evaluate, because its plot and credibility are so heavily dependent on theories of psychoanalysis that are usually considered to be implausible, at the very best. But if you can accept, for the sake of entertainment, the more dubious plot devices, what remains is a fine film dominated by the great director's usual creativity and technical mastery. Although it's hard to get away from the implausibilities, it's a fine movie in all other respects.

Gregory Peck stars as an amnesia case, and Ingrid Bergman as a psychoanalyst trying to unravel his mysterious - and possibly murderous - past. Most of the other characters are also psychoanalysts or patients, and the plot revolves around the ways that Bergman's character uses Freudian theories to solve the mystery. Whether you can enjoy the story depends on how willing you are to suspend disbelief concerning the wilder aspects of these theories, but if you are willing to do so, it's quite nicely done in most parts, with some fine scenes and a couple of good plot twists. It is also worth watching for the famous Salvador Dali dream sequence, which is very creatively done and fascinating to watch. Peck and Bergman also create interesting and sympathetic characters, who make the viewer want to know what will happen to them.

Overall, this is a distinctive film, and well worth seeing for any Hitchcock fan.

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