Film notes: Spellbound (1945) directed by Alfred Hitchcock


US / 110 min / b&w / Selznick International Pictures (as A Selznick International Picture) and Vanguard Films (as Vanguard Films Inc.) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Pro: David O. Selznick Scr: Angus MacPhail and Ben Hecht, based on the novel The House of Dr. Edwardes (1927) by Hilary Saint George Saunders and John Palmer Cine: George Barnes Mus: Miklós Rózsa Cast: Ingrid Bergman (Dr. Constance Petersen), Gregory Peck (Dr. Anthony Edwardes / John Ballantyne), Michael Chekhov (Dr. Alexander ‘Alex’ Brulov), Leo G. Carroll (Dr. Murchison, the head of Green Manors), Rhonda Fleming (Mary Carmichael, a patient in Green Manors), John Emery (Dr. Fleurot), Steven Geray (Dr. Graff), Paul Harvey (Dr. Hanish), Donald Curtis (Harry, a staff of Green Manors), Norman Lloyd (Mr. Garmes, a patient in Green Manors), Bill Goodwin (House detective of Empire State Hotel), Wallace Ford (Stranger in Empire State Hotel Lobby), Art Baker (Det. Lt. Cooley) and Regis Toomey (Det. Sgt. Gillespie) Plot Summary: The head of the Green Manors mental asylum Dr. Murchison is retiring to be replaced by Dr. Edwardes, a famous psychiatrist. Edwardes arrives and is immediately attracted to the beautiful but cold Dr. Constance Petersen. However, she begins to observe a strange behaviour in Dr. Edwardes that seem to be caused by some sort of locked memory. They begin an affair while she tries to uncover his past. Release Date: 28 December 1945 (USA), 30 September 1946 (Spain) Spanish title: Recuerda IMDb Rating: 7.6

I submit this entry to Rich’s Meme Crimes of the Century at Past Offences. The year under consideration this month is #1945.

Produced by the legendary David O. Selznick, the film counts with the master hand of Alfred Hitchcock and benefits from the screenplay by playwright Ben Hecht. It also has an extraordinary couple of protagonists, who are backed effectively by excellent supporting actors. The black and white cinematography by Georges Barnes and an spectacular soundtrack by Miklós Rózsa, can only result in a true masterpiece. Though, some aspects of the plot are certainly outdated, from a purely cinematic perspective it is a film that is worth seeing, even nowadays, in my view.

Spellbound at American Film Institute

Spellbound at Wikipedia

Spellbound at IMDb

5 thoughts on “Film notes: Spellbound (1945) directed by Alfred Hitchcock

  1. It is great fun, looks marvellous and full of good things – it is so fanciful that the fact that it has dated so much almost doesn’t matter🙂

  2. Pingback: ‘You waited for anything and everything these days’: #1945book reviews | Past Offences: Classic crime, thrillers and mystery book reviews

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