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Spellbound

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Cast
John Emery, Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Wallace Ford, Leo G. Carroll, Michael Chekhov, Rhonda Fleming, Regis Toomey
Released
1945
Sigmund Freud | May E. Romm
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Rolling titles: “Our story deals with psychoanalysis, the method by which modern science treats the emotional problems of the sane.”
“The analyst seeks only to induce the patient to talk about his hidden problems, to open the locked doors of his mind.”
“Once the complexes that have been disturbing the patient are uncovered and interpreted the illness and confusion disappear... and the devils of unreason are driven from the human soul.” (0:01)

Sign: “Green Manors”
Patients socialize in the psychiatric hospital day room. (0:02)

Patient Mary starts a session with psychiatrist Dr. Petersen. Mary: “Psychoanalysis.”
”It’s my subconscious putting up a fight.” (0:03)

Dr. Fleurot tells Constance, “Murchison must be really out of his mind to assign Carmichael to you.”
Constance: ”I’ve heard that argument from a number of amorous psychiatrists...”
Fleurot: ”I’m mad about you.”
Psychiatrist Murchison tells Constance, “The old must make way for the new, particularly when the old is suspected of a touch of senility.”
”Charming diagnosis for a broken down horse.” (0:05)

Murchison tells psychiatrist Anthony Edwardes he is leaving him a copy of Edwardes’ book The Labyrinth of the Guilt Complex. (0:10)

Constance: “That reminds me of my professor in psychiatry Dr. Brulov.” (0:12)

Fleurot tells Constance, “That you were immune to psychoanalysts...” (0:13)

Patient Garmes tells Anthony, “You see I’m convinced I’m not suffering from any hallucination but that my guilt is very real.”
Constance tells Anthony, “He fits perfectly into your chapters on the guilt complex.”
She tells Garmes, “You’re here to see if we can cure your guilt complex by psychoanalysis, Mr. Garmes.”
Garmes, “But I have no guilt complex.”
Constance: “Then he grows up with a guilt complex.”
”No, and in the course of analysing yourself you’ll see that.”
To Anthony: “I think we’d better put him under drugs for a few days. He looks agitated.”
Referring to psychiatrist Hanish: “He has an interesting new patient, a kleptomaniac.”
Anthony: “Kleptomaniacs for lunch.”
”We’ll look at some sane trees, normal grass, and clouds without complexes.” (0:13)

Constance tells Anthony, referring to poets, “But they keep filling peoples heads with delusions about love.”
Anthony: “And when they find out differently they get sick, and they have to be analysed, eh?” (0:16)

Constance tells the other psychiatrists, “I just came in because I learned Mr. Garmes became agitated again this afternoon.”
A psychiatrist tells Constance, referring to Garmes, ”Yes, I gave him a sedative.”
Constance: ”Your diagnosis is as usual wrong, Dr. Fleurot.” (0:18)

Books on a library shelf: Amnesia by Golden; Recent Advances in War Neuroses by Wright aside Edwardes’ book. (0:21)

Constance tells Anthony, “I sound rather nervous, don’t I?”
Anthony: “Mr. Garmes, he’s run amok. Tried to murder Fleurot, then cut his own throat.” (0:23)

Anthony tells the others, “Fools babbling about guilt complexes.” (0:27)

Anthony tells Constance, “I’m someone else. I don’t know who. I have no memory... How can a man lose his memory and still talk... as if he were quite sane.” Intermetamorphosis? Dissociative amnesia?
Constance: “Loss of memory is not a difficult problem.”
Anthony: “Amnesia. A trick of the mind for remaining sane. You’re remaining sane by forgetting something too horrible to remember.”
Constance: “That’s a delusion you have acquired out of illness.”
Anthony: “I don’t know who I am.” (0:29)

Murchison tells the others, “Our imposter, I’m almost certain, is an amnesia case.”
”This sort of unrealistic act is typical of the shortsighted cunning that goes with paranoid behavior...” (0:34)

Murchison tells Constance, “Our Dr. Edwardes turns out to be a paranoid imposter...”

Constance: “I thought his collapse due to mental strain.”
Detective: ”That’s a funny diagnosis...” (0:35)

Fleurot tells another psychiatrist, “Obviously a case of amnesia.”
”A woman like you could never become involved emotionally with any man, sane or insane.”
”An amnesic case of that sort... an obvious suicide.... by blowing his brains out or dropping himself out of a window.” (0:37)

Radio: “The police have asked me to announce that our neighborhood roads are free of the dangerous madman who escaped from Green Manors.” (0:38) 

The hotel house detective tells Constance, “I’m a kind of a psychologist.”
”That’s the usual psychology.” (0:41)

Constance begins to treat Anthony. (0:44)

Anthony reads from the newspaper to Constance, “Police believe the imposter who escaped from Green Manors to be the patient who visited the real Dr. Edwardes in the Cumberland Mountains the day that the noted psychiatrist disappeared.”
Constance: “Whoever you are, it’s the guilt complex that speaks for you...”
Anthony: “I think you’re quite mad. You’re much crazier than I...”
My hand’s burning.”
”You relived an accident that you’ve been in.” (0:46)

Constance tells Anthony, referring to Dr. Brulov, “He was my analyst. He psychoanalysed me.”
”All analysts have to be psychoanalysed by other analysts before they start practicing.”
Anthony: “That’s to make sure that they’re not too crazy.”
Constance: “Apparently, the mind is never too ill to make jokes about psychoanalysis.”
”I keep forgetting you’re a patient.”
”Oh, I’ll be insane about you.”
”I’ve never treated a guilt complex that way before.” (0:53)

Anthony tells Constance, “I sit here swooning with love...”
Constance: “That’s what happens in analysis.” (0:54)

Anthony tells Constance, “One psychoanalyst in my hair is enough.” (0:57)

Detective Lt. Cooley tells detective Sgt. Gillespie, “I said personally I think that’s unfair after all the work I did in that narcotics case.”
Psychoanalyst Alex tells the detectives, “I explained to the policeman that if Edwardes took with him on vacation a paranoid patient he was a bigger fool than I ever knew he was.”
”In Boston at the psychiatry convention. What kind of analyst is it who want to cure psychosis by taking people skating or to a bowling alley?”
Alex tells Constance and Anthony, “No psychoses yet, no aggressions, no guilt complexes. I congratulate you and wish you have babies and not phobias.”
”Women make the best psychoanalysts... after that, they make the best patients. Good night and happy dreams, which we will analyze at breakfast.” (0:58)

Constance tells Anthony, “It’s called transfer of affects.”
”I’m well aware that we’re all bundles of inhibitions.”
”The patient always sleeps in the bed.”
Anthony faints. (1:03)

Alex tells Anthony, “I was unable to sleep...” (1:10)

Alex tells Constance, “My dear child, do you think old Alex Brulov, one of the biggest brains who is in psychiatry, is unable to make out two and two come out four?”
”So I keep talking while I put some bromide into a glass of milk.”
Constance: ”The struggle against his condition agitates him at times...”
Alex: “We are speaking of a schizophrenic, and not a valentine.”
”Dr. Petersen, the promising psychoanalyst, is now all of a sudden a school girl...”
Constance: “I’m not an analyst... The shock of a police investigation might ruin his chances for recovery...”
”You yourself taught me what Freud says. A man cannot do anything in amnesia that his real character wouldn’t have done.”
Alex: “Freud?”
”You are 20 times crazier than him.”
Constance: “Give me time to treat him...”
”We are helping them by investigating the patient as doctors.” (1:12)

Anthony asks Alex, “Bromides. Who’s been feeding me bromides?”
Alex: “If I don’t know a patient with amnesia when I see one, what do I know?”
Anthony: ”That Freud stuff’s a lot of hooey.”
Alex: “You’ve got amnesia, and you’ve got a guilt complex... but Freud is hooey...”
”The problem of the analyst is to examine this puzzle...”
”Photophobia.”Constance tells Alex, “The first symptom he revealed was...”
”Dr. Edwardes... mentions tennis and skiing... as valuable in the treatment of mental disorders.... immediately connected with the cause of his amnesia.”
Anthony faints.
Alex: “You’re not his mama, you’re an analyst.” (1:19)

Constance asks Anthony, referring to hats, “You know, the kind that makes you look a little drunk?” (1:31)

Anthony tells Constance how he left the Army: “I was invalided out.”
Constance: “That stirred up your old guilt complex...”
Anthony (now John Ballantyne): “Professor, I never quite realized in my amnesic state how lovely you are.”
”How does it feel to be a great analyst...”
”That’s a brilliant analysis, doctor.” (1:35)

Murchison agrees with Constance, “Yes, one usually dreams of one’s analyst as authority with a beard.”
”And have confided your psychoanalytic findings to nobody.”
Constance: “You were having a breakdown, and in a state of panic, you heard that Edwardes was to take your place here.”
Murchison: “A love-smitten analyst playing a dream detective.”
”You’re an excellent analyst... You forget in your imbecilic devotion to your patient that the punishment for two murders is the same as for one.”
Constance: “You’re thinking you’re not mentally responsible for that other crime in the snow... You’ll be tried as sane murderer, convicted as a sane man...”
Murchison turns the revolver on himself and fires it. (1:45)

May E. Romm, MD acted as technical advisor.

Reference in The Ninth Configuration.