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Spellbound (1945)

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Dr. Constance Petersen
... John Ballantyne
... Dr. Alexander Brulov
... Dr. Murchison
... Mary Carmichael
... Dr. Fleurot
... Mr. Garmes
... House Detective
... Dr. Graff
... Harry
... Stranger in Hotel Lobby
... Det. Lt. Cooley
... Det. Sgt. Gillespie
... 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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28 December 1945 (USA)  »

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Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound  »

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Budget:

$1,696,377 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,000,000
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Runtime:

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

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Two frames tinted)|

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1.37 : 1
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The Shakespeare quotation at the start of the film is an abbreviated version of something that Cassius says to Brutus in Act 1 Scene 2 of the play Julius Caesar. The full quotation is "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings." 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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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 »

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Terrific! Powerful mystery leads to romance.
24 October 2000 | by See 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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