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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:
Murderous mind games 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)
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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 Miklós Rózsa to swell the orchestra from 14 violins to 28 as he had liked the effect that that had brought when Franz Waxman did it while scoring Rebecca (1940). In addition, Selznick was dissatisfied with Rozsa's musical cue for the skiing sequence and replaced it with one from Waxman's score for "Suspicion."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ballentine and Dr. Murchison shake hands after they are first introduced, one of the staff members in the background has his right hand in his jacket. In the next shot, both hands are clasped in front of him.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Nurse:[offscreen] Miss Carmichael, please. Dr. Petersen is ready for you.
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Soundtrack:
Spellbound ConcertoSee more »

FAQ

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Murderous mind games, 25 April 2013
Author: jc-osms from United Kingdom

Hitchcock marshaled some strong forces for this dark exploration of the psyche, with A-list leads in Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman, plus crack writer Ben Hecht and perhaps most famously Surrealist artist Salvador Dali to create Peck's defining dream sequence. It's still Hitchcock's film though.

And a very watchable one at that. It has its faults, with almost every scene carrying some expository message, none more so than when Bergman's psychiatric nurse pieces together not only how the real Dr Edwardes' was murdered but where and by whom, glaring plot-gaps, plus it just has too many words, but helped along by some typically stylish direction from the Master, with some memorable set-pieces along the way, it's still a reasonably gripping and exciting noir-esque movie.

No matter that Peck and Bergman don't seem right for their parts, they play out the fantastic plot with conviction and almost have you think they mean it while U.N.C.L.E.'s Mr Waverley Leo G Carroll is excellent as the displaced hospital governor.

As for those set-pieces, nothing outdoes Dali's memorable sequence containing many of his artistic talismen, such as soft constructions, masked figures and eerie landscapes, but Hitch gets in his tuppenceworth too with Bergman's doors-opening first kiss, another suspense-ful drink of milk (after "Suspicion") and the subjective finishing shot (literally) which must have blown away (again, literally) its original audience. However there are also many less showy, subtle touches with unusual camera angles and fluid camera movements sewn seamlessly into the whole.

To make implausible material like this work takes no little skill and Hitchcock does a grand job in taking his audience along with him, leaving them if not exactly spellbound, then certainly entertained.

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