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Bewitched (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 July 1945 (USA)
A young woman has two distinct personalities, one of whom is evil and constantly gets her in trouble.

Director:

Arch Oboler

Writers:

Arch Oboler (adaptation), Arch Oboler (story "Alter Ego")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Phyllis Thaxter ... Joan Alris Ellis
Edmund Gwenn ... Dr. Bergson
Henry H. Daniels Jr. ... Bob Arnold
Addison Richards ... John Ellis
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Ann Ellis
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Dr. George Wilton
Sharon McManus Sharon McManus ... Small Girl
Gladys Blake ... Glenda
Will Wright ... Mr. Herkheimer
Stephen McNally ... Eric Russell (as Horace McNally)
Oscar O'Shea ... Capt. O'Malley
Minor Watson ... Edward - the Governor
Virginia Brissac ... Martha - the Governor's Wife
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Storyline

At her engagement party, Joan Ellis, your typical girl next door, acknowledges that the strange voice that she's heard all her life is coming from within herself. Joan's alter ego, a conniving and murderous woman named Karen, is becoming stronger and stronger and is threatening to take over her life. Joan negotiates with Karen. Although they do come to an agreement, Karen reneges on that agreement when the situation suits her. Karen ultimately wants the men in Joan's life, first her fiancé, Bob Arnold, then Eric Russell, a lawyer Joan meets in New York City. Joan does whatever she needs to to get rid of Karen, even if it a threat to her own life. Without knowing for certain what is wrong with Joan, those close to her, including Eric and Dr. Bergson, do whatever they can to save her. Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alter Ego See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial USA telecasts in Seattle Sunday 18 November 1956 on KING (Channel 5), followed by Los Angeles Monday 10 December 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Minneapolis 14 February 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Philadelphia 16 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Omaha 27 February 1957 on WOW (Channel 6),, in Chicago 27 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2) and in Altoona PA 2 July 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); its San Francisco television premiere took place 18 March 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) and its earliest documented telecast in New York City took place 8 August 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Dr. Bergson: Once in many, many millions of births, a body can have two divergent personalities living in the same brain.
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Split personality, not particularly well handled
14 April 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

A woman on death row is discovered to have a split personality in "Bewitched," a 1945 film starring Phyllis Thaxter, Edmund Gwenn, and Stephen McNally. Thaxter is a young, soon to be wed woman who has blackouts, walks around at night, and hears voices. She runs away from her parents' home and her husband to be and goes to New York, gets a job, and meets an attorney (McNally) who falls for her. Her fiancé finds her, and, under orders from her other personality (voiced by Audrey Totter), she kills him.

Now we're brought back to death row where Edmund Gwenn suspects her problem and wants to hypnotize her.

Boring film with a good cast nonetheless, psychiatric disorders being a fashionable subject during and after World War II. What made Three Faces of Eve interesting was that the main character was a woman with a dull affect, but her personalities had lots of spark. Just hearing the voice of Totter here isn't enough. If Thaxter had actually been taken over by her alternate personality and, say, lived as her in New York, the film would have been a lot more interesting.

Not very good.


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