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Spellbound

  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 1945
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • 109 mins
  • PG

Summary

Psychological thriller starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck. Dedicated psychiatrist Constance Peterson amazes everyone, including herself, by falling in love with a man she believes to be a paranoid impostor and who may even be guilty of murder.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Dr Constance PetersonIngrid Bergman
John Ballantine / Dr Anthony EdwardesGregory Peck
Dr Alex BrulovMichael Chekhov
Dr MurchisonLeo G Carroll
Mary CarmichaelRhonda Fleming
Dr FleurotJohn Emery
GarmesNorman Lloyd
Dr GraffSteven Geray
HarryDonald Curtis
Stranger in hotel lobbyWallace Ford
Dr HanishPaul Harvey
MatronJean Acker
Dr GaltErskine Sanford
Man coming out of elevator with a violinAlfred Hitchcock

Crew

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DirectorAlfred Hitchcock

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Released on
1946-07-31
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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