When the beautiful and aloof Dr. Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) meets the new director of the Green Manors mental hospital she senses something not right about him. Indeed, the handsome Dr. Edwardes (Gregory Peck) is an impostor — an amnesiac, she learns, who thinks he may have killed the real Dr. Edwardes. Dr. Petersen isn’t convinced of his guilt, and (this being a Hitchcock movie), the authorities close in on the mysterious and possibly innocent stranger, forcing the pair to go on the run. They make their way to the office of her old friend and together they analyze one of the impostor’s symbol-laden dreams in a famous sequence created by Salvador Dali. We won’t spoil the ending of this good-to-average Hitchcock thriller, but Bergman gives a typically good and understated performance. Hitch’s fascination with the human psyche withstanding, it was producer David O. Selznick who brought the project to the director: he was a vocal champion of the wonders of psychoanalysis and even hired his shrink as a consultant on the movie.
The Doctor Is In
- Dr. Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs
- Sean Maguire, Good Will Hunting
- Dr. Caligari, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
- Dr. Malcolm Crowe, The Sixth Sense
- Dr. Tyrone Berger, Ordinary People
- Dr. Ben Sobel, Analyze This
- Dr. Sam Loomis, Halloween
- Dr. Eudora Fletcher, Zelig
- Dr. Constance Peterson, Spellbound
- Dr. Leo Marvin, What About Bob?