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    cast

    • Ingrid Bergman Dr Constance Peterson
    • Gregory Peck John Ballantine/Dr Anthony Edwardes
    • Michael Chekhov Dr Alex Brulov
    • Leo G Carroll Dr Murchison
    • Rhonda Fleming Mary Carmichael
    • John Emery Dr Fleurot


    crew

  • Dir:
  • Prod:
      David O. Selznick
  • Scr:
      Ben Hecht, Angus MacPhail, from the novel The House of Dr Edwardes by Francis Seeding
  • Ph:
      George Barnes
  • Ed:
      William Ziegler, Hal C. Kern
  • Mus:
      Miklos Rozsa
  • Art Dir:
      James Basevi, John Ewing

    (United Artists)



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    Rated: NR


      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 a dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali 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. You know, early in Peck's career, before he had matured and perfected the quiet strong-jawed American intensity and resoluteness into a fine art his performances could be so lifeless as to make Jude Law look animated! This role is no exception.

      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.

      Hitch himself was disappointed with the picture, but there are enough masterly touches to keep your attention.


    Trivia:

      The dream sequence designed by Dali was originally supposed to run for 20 minutes. It included a scene with Dr. Peterson covered in ants. Only part of it was filmed, and even less of it ended up in the released version.

      The shot where the audience sees the killer's view down a gun barrel pointing at Peterson was filmed using a giant hand holding a giant gun to get the perspective correct. Some frames were tinted red and hand-spliced into all the original prints.

      The snow falling on John Ballantine and Dr. Peterson during the skiing scene was actually cornflakes.

      Listed by the The New York Times as one of the top 10 movies in 1945.

      Ingrid Bergman won a New York Film Critics' Circle Award for her roles both in Spellbound and The Bells of St. Mary's.



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