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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), Frances Beeding (suggested by novel: "The House of Dr. Edwardes") | 1 more credit »
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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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The Maddest Love that ever possessed a woman See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound 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 dream sequence was produced by "Poverty Row" studio Monogram Studios. Its initial efforts kept getting rejected by David O. Selznick, until he hired leading production designer William Cameron Menzies to oversee the production. Alfred Hitchcock himself was barely involved. See more »

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Peterson's position behind Edwardes whilst in line to buy train tickets changes. 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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Amnesia,Freud and Dali.
15 September 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Could this one be the most underrated of all Hitchcock's American movies/What?only 7.6?And however,you've got plenty of movies for the price of one!Come on ,wake up,and give this triumph its due!

1.It's a mystery movie:Peck suffers from amnesia,he may or may not be a criminal,only snatches of memory come back and he can't put them together.Some clues appear,the "lines" vision is the most famous.

2.It's a movie full of suspense;great scenes:the letter which Bergman tries to hide,the news papers at the railway station.

3.It's a chase movie:Bergman and Peck escape from the nursing home and search a shrink's colleague help.

4.It's a dreamlike movie:not only for the Dali's -too often unfairly dismissed-dream.Actually, the whole story is wrapped in a supernatural,eerie atmosphere.

5.It's a romantic story:the scenes outside the nursing home in country landscapes are wonderfully and lovingly filmed.

6.It's a movie of redemption:Bergman falls in love with her patient,and she's got to struggle -thanks Mister Freud- to help Peck to recover his

full memory.

7.It's a technically astounding movie,as in every Hitch movie:it features the shortest color scene (it's a black and white movie)in cinema.And I won't tell you when it appears,watch out.

8.It's a movie from the Master of suspense,and I trade you "a lapse of memory","shattered" and "the third day " for "Spellbound"!It deserves to be in the top 250!


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