Spellbound

When Dr. Anthony Edwardes arrives at a Vermont mental hospital to replace the outgoing hospital director, Dr. Constance Peterson, a psychoanalyst, discovers Edwardes is actually an impostor. The man confesses that the real Dr. Edwardes is dead and fears he may have killed him, but cannot recall anything. Dr. Peterson, however is convinced his impostor is innocent of the man’s murder, and joins him on a quest to unravel his amnesia through psychoanalysis.
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Film Cast:

  • Dr. Constance Petersen: Ingrid Bergman
  • John Ballantine: Gregory Peck
  • Dr. Alexander Brulov: Michael Chekhov
  • Dr. Murchison: Leo G. Carroll
  • Mary Carmichael: Rhonda Fleming
  • Dr. Fleurot: John Emery
  • Mr. Garmes: Norman Lloyd
  • House detective: Bill Goodwin
  • Dr. Graff: Steven Geray
  • Harry: Donald Curtis
  • Hotel masher: Wallace Ford
  • Det. Lt. Cooley: Art Baker
  • Det. Sgt. Gillespie: Regis Toomey
  • Dr. Hanish: Paul Harvey
  • Matron (uncredited): Jean Acker
  • Railway Gateman (uncredited): Irving Bacon
  • Ticket Taker (uncredited): Richard Bartell
  • Gateman (uncredited): Harry Brown
  • John Ballantine as a Boy (uncredited): Joel Davis
  • Nurse (uncredited): Jacqueline deWit
  • Dr. Anthony Edwardes (uncredited): Edward Fielding
  • Man Leaving Elevator (uncredited): Alfred Hitchcock
  • John Ballantine’s Brother (uncredited): Teddy Infuhr
  • Sheriff (uncredited): Victor Kilian
  • Hallett – Railroad Clerk (uncredited): George Meader
  • Policeman at Train Station (uncredited): Matt Moore
  • Dr. Brulov’s Housekeeper (uncredited): Constance Purdy
  • Police Captain (uncredited): Addison Richards
  • Dr. Galt (uncredited): Erskine Sanford
  • Norma Cramer (uncredited): Janet Scott
  • Secretary at Police Station (uncredited): Clarence Straight
  • Bellboy (uncredited): Dave Willock

Film Crew:

  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Art Direction: James Basevi
  • Producer: David O. Selznick
  • Director of Photography: George Barnes
  • Special Effects: Jack Cosgrove
  • Sound: Arthur Johns
  • Screenplay: Ben Hecht
  • Original Music Composer: Miklós Rózsa
  • Art Direction: Salvador Dalí
  • Sound Recordist: Richard DeWeese
  • Interior Designer: Emile Kuri
  • Unit Manager: Fred Ahern
  • Assistant Director: Lowell J. Farrell
  • Second Unit Director: Charles Barton
  • Adaptation: Angus MacPhail
  • Novel: Hilary St George Saunders
  • Novel: John Palmer
  • Assistant Art Director: John Ewing
  • Production Manager: Richard Johnston
  • Special Effects: Clarence Slifer

Movie Reviews:

  • barrymost: This intriguing little crime/thriller from the great Alfred Hitchcock isn’t half bad. It’s a more unusual Hitch effort, but the story has plenty of twists and turns to keep interest. Ingrid plays a kindhearted psychologist who falls in love with the new doctor at the asylum where she’s working, but he may not be all that he seems. I’m sorry, Ms. Bergman; it looks like you’ve fallen in love with a psycho.
  • CinemaSerf: When Leo G. Carroll (“Dr. Murchison”) steps down as director of the “Green Manors” – a centre for psychoanalysis, he is replaced by Gregory Peck (“Dr. Edwardes”) who immediately attracts the attention – romantic and professional – of Ingrid Bergman (“Dr. Petersen”) who quickly discovers that he has quite a secret. Together they must work speedily to unravel a mystery of memory and murder before the authorities come to their own conclusions. This isn’t my favourite Hitchcock thriller – Peck hasn’t quite got the charisma or intensity the part required and though Bergman is beautiful; she is still just a little too stilted, unnatural even. The plot, however is complex and intriguing dealing with a traditional crime-noir subject in a far more cerebral manner. Miklós Rósza’s Oscar winning score adds much of the menace to this and the pace smoulders nicely to a suitably thoughtful conclusion. I know Peck was David O. Selznick’s golden boy at this point, but I cannot help but think he let’s the thing down a bit; perhaps Hitch should have cast a more characterful lead? Great stuff, nonetheless though – certainly worth a watch.
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