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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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Will he Kiss me or Kill me? 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 only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Special Effects. See more »

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When the hotel bellboy brings the newspaper to Constance he notices her photograph on the front page. Freeze-framing reveals that the articles adjacent to the photograph are actually random paragraphs of text. 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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Implausible, but great!
25 February 2007 | by keylight-4See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies, despite what I must reluctantly admit is a preposterous plot. But what a great cast -- Gregory Peck, the beautiful Ingrid Bergman, and various familiar character actors. Wallace Ford has an entertaining scene as an obnoxious hotel guest trying to pick up Ingrid Bergman, but who gets chased off twice by the house detective. Even though the plot elements are often unbelievable, it doesn't matter, as far as I'm concerned; the pacing is just right, the script is literate, and the dramatic tension sustains the viewer's interest to the end.

And for my money, this movie contains one of the most, if not THE most, romantic scenes ever put on film: Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman, having met only a day or two before, admit to each other that they've fallen in love. He walks slowly toward her and she lifts her face to him and closes her eyes. The scene dissolves to a series of lovely doors opening slowly down a hall, to the accompaniment of Miklos Rosza's incomparably beautiful "Spellbound Theme". Now THAT'S romantic! I highly recommend "Spellbound" to any classic movie fan.


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