Academy Awards 1945 -
Best Original Score: Miklos Rozsa
Drawing on psychoanalysis to frame a transcendent love story, Alfred Hitchcock's SPELLBOUND is a mind-bending study of just how far people might go to escape trauma or to pursue passion. Gregory Peck is introduced as Dr. Edwardes, the newly arrived director of a mental asylum. However, when Edwardes starts displaying strange behavior in a meeting with the staff, Dr. Constance Peterson (Ingrid Bergman) begins to suspect that all is not right with him. Edwardes proves to actually be John Ballantine, a patient suffering from amnesia--and a consuming dread in relation to the missing Dr. Edwardes. As suspicion of murder falls over Ballantine, the icy Peterson finds herself growing more and more emotionally attached to him and more and more convinced that curing his amnesia is the key to proving his innocence. Retreating to an upstate residence, Peterson enlists the help of leading psychoanalyst Dr. Brulov (Michael Chekhov). Pursuing the truth of the mysterious disappearance of Dr. Edwardes leads deep into the tangled mindscape of Ballantine and proves that danger is very close indeed. To illustrate the psychological journey Ballantine undergoes, the film includes a captivating dream sequence designed by the legendary surrealist painter Salvador Dali.
An amnesia victim suspects he committed a murder, but he has no exact recollection of the crime. He visits a psychotherapist, hoping that she will help open the door to his past. In the process, she falls in love with her patient, strongly believing in his innocence. Her attempts to find out the truth become so consuming that the therapist nearly jeopardizes her livelihood--and her life. The film includes a captivating dream sequence, designed by the legendary surrealist painter Salvador Dali.
Hitchcock cameo: Hitchock comes out of a crowded elevator at the Empire Hotel.
During filming, whenever David O. Selznick interfered, Hitchcock would stop the camera, pretending it was broken until Selznick left the set.
A special perfume, Spellbound, was created and released in 1945 to coincide with the release of the film.
The film cost $1.5 million and grossed $7 million.
The two source writers of this film collectively wrote under the pseudonym Francis Beeding.