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Spellbound (1945)

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screen play), John Palmer (suggested by novel: "The House of Dr. Edwardes") (as Francis Bleeding) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a psychiatrist at Green Manors mental asylum. The head of Green Manors has just been replaced, with his replacement being the renowned Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck). Romance blossoms between Dr. Petersen and Dr. Edwards, but Dr. Edwards starts to show odd aversions and personality traits. It is discovered that he is an impostor, and amnesiac, and may have killed the real Dr. Edwardes. Dr. Petersen is determined to discover the truth through unlocking the secrets held in the impostor's mind, a process which potentially puts her and others' lives at risk. Written by grantss

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Will he Kiss me or Kill me? See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The House of Dr. Edwardes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,696,377 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario) | (with overture and exit music)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Two frames tinted)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The gun blast in the end is hand painted. Sir Alfred Hitchcock used a form of hand-coloring for the orange-red gun-blast at the audience. See more »

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During one of the sessions, everyone notices it is snowing outside. Out the window, a child lying on his stomach goes down the hill on his sled. The camera cuts back to the people in the room (who are talking about the white snow with the dark track marks), then back at the window again. The same child, on his stomach, goes by on his sled again, even though he would not have had enough time to climb back up the hill. See more »

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[first lines]
Nurse: [offscreen] Miss Carmichael, please. Dr. Petersen is ready for you.
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Just before the opening credits, an overture is played. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1999, The Walt Disney Company, which now owns much of the David O. Selznick collection, restored the film, reinstating Miklos Rosza's overture/exit music and the flash of red from the gunshot scene that were previously omitted from later prints. See more »

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User Reviews

 
Terrific! Powerful mystery leads to romance.
24 October 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Alfred Hitchcock weaves his spell binding magic into this Francis Beeding novel. In some opinions, this is Hitchcock's best project from the 40's. Powerful stars and a great story line keeps your interest until the final shot.

An amnesia patient(Gregory Peck)is believed to be a psychotic killer. Bits and pieces of his memory about a childhood accident makes him believe that he is a murderer. Ingrid Bergman plays a young psychiatrist, who helps Peck unravel his past and regain his memory and mental health. During this process, the lovely doctor tries not to fall in love with her needy patient. She takes him to her old professor(Michael Chekhov) for help. He is reluctant to get involved with solving the mystery to clear the patient's name.

Brilliant camera work and being filmed in black & white really helped the story line. There is an eye opening dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali that is down right mystic.

The strong and talented cast also includes: Regis Toomey, Leo G. Carroll and Rhonda Fleming. This film is worth the time to watch again and again.


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