A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.


Alfred Hitchcock


Ben Hecht (screen play), John Palmer (suggested by novel: "The House of Dr. Edwardes") (as Francis Bleeding) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Bergman ... Dr. Constance Petersen
Gregory Peck ... John Ballantyne
Michael Chekhov ... Dr. Alexander Brulov
Leo G. Carroll ... Dr. Murchison
Rhonda Fleming ... Mary Carmichael
John Emery ... Dr. Fleurot
Norman Lloyd ... Mr. Garmes
Bill Goodwin ... House Detective
Steven Geray ... Dr. Graff
Donald Curtis ... Harry
Wallace Ford ... Stranger in Hotel Lobby
Art Baker ... Det. Lt. Cooley
Regis Toomey ... Det. Sgt. Gillespie
Paul Harvey ... Dr. Hanish


Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a psychiatrist at Green Manors mental asylum. The head of Green Manors has just been replaced, with his replacement being the renowned Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck). Romance blossoms between Dr. Petersen and Dr. Edwards, but Dr. Edwards starts to show odd aversions and personality traits... Written by grantss

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Sir Alfred Hitchcock persuaded producer David O. Selznick to buy the rights to the novel for $40,000. See more »


During one of the sessions, everyone notices it is snowing outside. Out the window, a child lying on his stomach goes down the hill on his sled. The camera cuts back to the people in the room (who are talking about the white snow with the dark track marks), then back at the window again. The same child, on his stomach, goes by on his sled again, even though he would not have had enough time to climb back up the hill. See more »


[first lines]
Nurse: [offscreen] Miss Carmichael, please. Dr. Petersen is ready for you.
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Just before the opening credits, an overture is played. See more »

Alternate Versions

In one of the final scenes, when the gun is fired, two frames of the explosion have been hand tinted in red. These were only present in the premiere's copy, as it was too expensive to do the tinting by hand for the full release. Only a later DVD release and a restored print by the film museum Munich feature the tinting. See more »


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An exceptional Hitchcock film concerning a murder blended with Freudian theories.
29 September 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Good Alfred Hitchcock film in which Ingrid Bergman plays a psychiatrist from a mental hospital with various patients (Norman Lloyd, Rhonda Fleming), along with Leo G. Carroll and other doctors heal them . There comes Gregory Peck replacing former director . But Peck has amnesia and having panic to white color and the lines , then Ingrid falls in love with him , as she uncovers his previous life through Freudian analysis . The picture is based on novel ¨House of Edwards¨ by Bleeding and concerning the psychoanalysis , an usual theme in post-WWII time.

The movie contains thriller , tension , suspense , romance , intrigue , unlimited excitement and plenty of plot twists , as usual in Hitchcock films . Besides , it has a literately witty dialog with distinctive Hitch's touches and writing credits by Ben Hetch (Billy Wilder's habitual writer). There's also an exciting and famous dream sequence by Salvador Dali . Hitch didn't want the ordinary dream images with fog and cloud but he asked David O'Selznick (the famed Hollywood producer) for hire to prestigious surrealist painter Salvador Dali from Spain . Superb performances from main characters , a gorgeous blonde (Hitch later used Grace Kelly , Kim Novak) Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) who would work with Hitchcock in various films (Notorious , Under Capricorn) and the elegant and brilliant Gregory Peck (Paradine trial) as the confuse amnesic , both of whom are frankly well . They are well accompanied by a good support cast , such as : Leo G Carroll, Rhonda Fleming and Norman Lloyd , Hitch' s regular. Sensational black and white cinematography by George Barnes . Dramatic, atmospheric and thrilling musical score by Miklos Rozsa , he won an Academy Award for the excellent score . The flick will appeal to Hitchcock enthusiasts as well as Ingrid Bergman/Gregory Peck fans . Rating : Above average , well worth watching.

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Release Date:

28 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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$1,696,377 (estimated)

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| (Ontario) | (with overture and exit music)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Black and White | Color (brief sequences tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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