I never realized how many of Hitchcock's films are based on the written word and Spellbound is no exception, it is based on the novel The House of Dr. Edwardes by Francis Breedings. Fascinating stuff!
In any case, Spellbound is the story of Dr. Edwardes who arrives at a mental hospital to take the place of Dr. Murchinson. Dr. Edwardes, himself, however seems a bit strange, as he has episodes triggered by visual clues. The beautiful Dr. Peterson has fallen in love with him however, and attempts to help him, believing he is not a murderer but a sick person.
And so we must uncover just who Edwardes is...he isn't who he says he is but who is he?
I enjoyed Spellbound when I first saw it and I enjoyed it this time as well. This time, however, I was terribly distracted by the overpowering and sickening love music. But never mind that, I had managed to forget some of the details which made it a mystery all over again. And I really enjoyed Gregory Peck to be honest. ;)
When I think of Spellbound what sticks out in my mind is the dream sequence by Salvador Dali. It is really quite true to the bizarre nature of dreams and beautiful in a way.
What did you think of Spellbound?
Next week we discuss the Man Who Knew Too Much with James Stewart. I may not have time to watch it with Comic-Con this week, but I'll do my best!