Spellbound 1945 111 minutes B&W 1.37:1 Cast: Ingrid Bergman - Doctor Constance Peterson Gregory Peck - John Ballantine Michael Chekhov - Doctor Alex Brulov Leo G. Carroll - Doctor Murchison John Emery - Doctor Fleurot Steven Geray - Doctor Graff Paul Harvey - Doctor Hanish Donald Curtis - Harry Rhonda Fleming - Mary Carmichael Norman Lloyd - Mr Garmes Wallace Ford - Hotel Masher Bill Goodwin - Hotel Detective Art Baker - Lieutenant Cooley Regis Toomey - Sergeant Written by: Angus MacPhail, Ben Hecht, John Palmer Based on the original novel, "The House Of Dr. Edwardes" by - Hilary St George Sanders Score by: Miklós Rózsa Directed by - Alfred Hitchcock Production Studio - Selznick International Pictures View 7/5/19 -Criterion Spine Number 136 DVD 2002 -MGM Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection 8 Master Works, 2008 DVD Box Set -MGM/Fox Blu Ray, 2012. Synopsis Dr. Constance Peterson is one of the psychoanalysts who works at the Green Manors mental asylum. She is perceived as cool and detached by the other doctors, especially the male doctors. The asylum is run by Dr. Murchison who we learn is being forced to retire and will be replaced by the famous Dr. Anthony Edwardes. He is perceived as much younger then the staff at Green Manors is expecting. Upon arrival, a strong attraction develops between Dr. Edwardes and Dr. Peterson. But it is soon discovered that Dr. Edwardes is not what he appears to be. Impressions I think this is the third time I’ve seen Spellbound and I must confess, it didn’t quite work for me as I was much younger at the times I’d first seen the film. So maybe it wasn’t working for me then. I had watched Spellbound for the first time on the Criterion DVD. Upon this viewing, I was much more invested. Maybe the technobabble of the psychoanalysis was what was not working for me earlier. This time I was more focused on the building romance that so quickly melts Dr. Peterson’s heart for Edwardes. I’m not sure I’ve seen Hitchcock framed the shots of Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman in such close-up before in earlier films as they are admitting their love each other. ( opening doors was a fun metaphor) Then there is the mystery of what is the hidden secret of Anthony Edwardes. It’s interesting that again, a strong female character gets involved in helping the male character from their troubles. This though I think is the first time the mystery is Edwardes himself doesn’t know what’s wrong with himself. I was much more invested in the story as they try to resolve Edwardes’ past. What I found interesting is that Hitchcock reveals who the real killer is to Dr. Peterson at the same time the audience learns it and my mind was working as Dr. Peterson’s to figure it out. What I don’t quite know is how the killer was able to know that John Ballantyne would become paranoid and want to take Dr. Edwardes place. It could be that Hitchcock thinking that it doesn’t matter, this is all we need to know to follow the story. I guess Ballantyne’s guilt complex was all that was needed to explain it. While Dr. Peterson and Ballantyne are on the run from the police, it’s becomes a case of the wrong man. The sequence at the train station reminded me of the sequence from North by Northwest, but without all the comedy. I admired Bergman’s performances in other films and the next film, Notorious, so I’m looking forward to it. It was interesting to see Gregory Peck so early in his career. He worked well with Bergman here. Again we see Leo G Carroll. I was amused to see Norman Lloyd again after Saboteur. I can see now why this film is one of Hitchcock’s celebrated titles from the Selznick era. It’s quite fun! And the visual symbolisms and the Salvador Dali dream sequences were fun to look for. By the way, until now, I had not mentioned any of the earlier Hitchcock film scores. I guess because I didn’t feel they were that strong or distinctive. But this film surprised me that I noticed the score. Miklós Rózsa created quite a strong theme and I can see that this was a celebrated score for those into film scores. So I immediately searched to see Intrada had created a new re-recording of the entire score a few years ago, so I ordered it immediately before it was out of print. Regardless of the reviews, I thought I’d hear it for myself. (I prefer to find the actual original recordings, but sometimes you get what you can get.) I’m a fan of the Herrmann scores for the latter films, so it is refreshing to find another composer making a mark on an earlier Hitchcock title. I took a quick look at the DVD after seeing the blu ray and it still looks pretty good. I’m glad I have it for its extras. When I played the 2012 MGM Blu Ray, I had forgotten there is an overture at the start. I see it’s on both the Criterion and MGM disc. The Hitchcock cameo was another funny one, where he appears in an elevator carrying a violin case and smoking a cigar.