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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Strange . . . Strange . . . Their Irresistible Love! Dark . . . Dark . . . Their Inescapable Fears ! See more »


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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)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,000
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The then relatively obscure Ruth Roman sought a role in the film. Roman played the female lead in Alfred Hitchcock's later film Strangers on a Train (1951). See more »

Goofs

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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: THE FAULT . . . . . IS NOT IN OUR STARS, BUT IN OURSELVES . . . . . - SHAKESPEARE

Our story deals with psychoanalysis, the method by which modern science treats the emotional problems of the sane.

The analyst seeks only to induce the patient to talk about his hidden problems, to open the locked doors of his mind.

Once the complexes that have been disturbing the patient are uncovered and interpreted, the illness and confusion disappear.....and the devils of unreason are driven from the human soul. See more »

Alternate Versions

In one of the final scenes, when the gun is fired, two frames of the explosion have been hand tinted in red. These were only present in the premiere's copy, as it was too expensive to do the tinting by hand for the full release. Only a later DVD release and a restored print by the film museum Munich feature the tinting. See more »

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An Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece
14 August 1999 | by Elizabeth-328See all my reviews

"Spellbound" has become one of my favorite Hitchcock movies. I think Gregory Peck is excellent in this movie as John Ballantine, the amnesiac who receives help from Dr. Constance Peterson (Ingrid Bergman). But John has more problems than amnesia. He cannot stand to see dark lines on a white background. For example, a blanket, a robe, and a tablecloth. But he remembers what had happened to him thanks to Constance and her former teacher, another psychologist named Dr. Brulov.

There is also a wonderful performance by Leo G. Carroll, who plays Dr. Murchison. He has also been one of my favorite actors, and he's brilliant in this movie.

So the bottom line is, you should really see this movie, and not just for Gregory Peck's handsome face, or Ingrid Bergman's beauty. I think it's one of Hitch's best suspense movies. By the way, Gregory Peck does look very, very handsome in this movie, so for those girls out there who still think you might not want to see it, it's worth it!


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