Spellbound

Spellbound

Alfred Hitchcock (1945)

109min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In his eagerness to make the first serious film about psychoanalysis, Alfred Hitchcock so diluted the fantastical elements in Francis Beeding's novel The House of Dr Edwardes, all that remained was a melodramatic plot and an awful lot of psychobabble. Not even dream sequences designed by Salvador Dalí could enliven the turgid script, made all the less palatable by the robotic performance of Gregory Peck as the amnesiac trying to unravel his troubled past with the help of sympathetic shrink Ingrid Bergman. Hitch himself was disappointed with the picture, but there are enough masterly touches to prevent the attention from straying too far.

Summary

A doctor suspects that the new director of the psychiatric hospital where she works is an imposter, and that he is in reality a chronic amnesiac with a tendency to kill. But instead of turning him in to the police, she recklessly decides to unravel the truth about him herself. Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, with Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman, Leo G Carroll, Michael Chekhov and Rhonda Fleming.

Cast & Crew

Dr Constance Peterson Ingrid Bergman
John Ballantine Gregory Peck
Dr Murchison Leo G Carroll
Dr Alex Brulov Michael Chekhov
Mary Carmichael Rhonda Fleming
Dr Fleurot John Emery
Garmes Norman Lloyd
Dr Graff Steven Geray
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama