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Spellbound

David O. Selznick devised unique production values for this Alfred Hitchcock-directed version of a psychological mystery novel [The House of Dr ed wardes, written by Hilary St George Saunders].

Cast:
Ingrid Bergman Gregory Peck Rhonda Fleming Leo G. Carroll Norman Lloyd Michael Chekhov

David O. Selznick devised unique production values for this Alfred Hitchcock-directed version of a psychological mystery novel [The House of Dr ed wardes, written by Hilary St George Saunders].

The story, employing as it does psychiatry and psychoanalysis in a murder mystery, would not lend itself for anything but a skillfully blended top budget production.

Gregory Peck, suffering from amnesia, believes that he committed a murder but has no memory of the locale or circumstances surrounding the crime. Ingrid Bergman as a psychiatrist in love with Peck tries desperately to save him from punishment for the crime she is certain he could not have committed, and in doing so risks her career and almost her life.

Salvador Dali designed the dream sequence with all the aids of futurism and surrealism in his sets. The sets, chairs and tables have human legs and roofs slope at 45-degree angles into infinity.

Alfred Hitchcock handles his players and action in suspenseful manner and, except for a few episodes of much scientific dialogue, maintains a steady pace in keeping the camera moving.

1945: Best Score for a Dramatic Picture.

Nominations: Best Picture, Director, Supp. Actor (Michael Chekhov), B&W Cinematography, Special Effects

Spellbound

Production: United Artists. Director Alfred Hitchcock; Producer David O. Selznick; Screenplay Ben Hecht, Angus MacPhail; Camera George Barnes; Editor William Ziegler, Hal C. Kern; Music Miklos Rozsa; Art Director James Basevi, John Ewing

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1945. Running time: 116 MIN.

With: Ingrid Bergman Gregory Peck Rhonda Fleming Leo G. Carroll Norman Lloyd Michael Chekhov

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