DirectorArch Oboler Music directorBronislaw Kaper Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateJuly 4, 1945 (1945-07-04) (United States) Based onthe story "Alter Ego"
by Arch Oboler WriterArch Oboler (adaptation), Arch Oboler (story) CastPhyllis Thaxter (Joan Alris Ellis), Edmund Gwenn (Dr. Bergson), Henry H. Daniels Jr. (Bob Arnold), Addison Richards (John Ellis), Kathleen Lockhart (Mrs. Ellis), Francis Pierlot (Dr. George Wilton) Similar moviesThe Big Sleep, The Asphalt Jungle, Detour, Double Indemnity, They Live by Night, Notorious
TaglineSHE LIVED TWO AMAZING LIVES! Darling of Society... Cruel Love-Killer
During her engagement party, Joan Ellis (Phyllis Thaxter) hears the voice of another personality called Karen within her. Karen forces Joan to leave her fiance, Bob Arnold (Henry H. Daniels Jr.), and move to New York. There she meets lawyer Eric Russell (Stephen McNally), whom she falls for, but again Karen compels her to flee. When she returns to Bob, Karen takes control and murders him. Joans fate then hinges upon Dr. Bergson (Edmund Gwenn) being able to uncover her illness.
Bewitched is a 1945 American film noir directed and written by Arch Oboler. The drama features Phyllis Thaxter and Edmund Gwenn.
A girl enlists a psychic to get rid of her murderous alternate personality.
On the eve of her engagement, a demure young woman becomes the victim of a split personality and murders her fiance.
Phyllis Thaxter as Joan Alris Ellis
Edmund Gwenn as Dr. Bergson
Henry H. Daniels Jr. as Bob Arnold
Addison Richards as John Ellis
Kathleen Lockhart as Mrs. Ellis
Francis Pierlot as Dr. George Wilton
Sharon McManus as Small Girl
Gladys Blake as Glenda
Will Wright as Mr. Herkheimer
Stephen McNally as Eric Russell (billed as "Horace McNally")
Oscar OShea as Capt. OMalley
Minor Watson as Governor
Virginia Brissac as Martha—Governors Wife
When the film was first released, the staff at Variety magazine liked the film, and wrote, "Produced on a low budget, with a sterling cast of actors actors, this picture just oozes with class because of the excellent adaptation and direction it has been given by radios Arch Oboler, author of the story, "Alter Ego", on which the film is based. Climax follows climax, strong performance follows strong performance in this thrilling psychopathic study of a girl obsessed by an inner voice that drives her to murder."