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Rebecca Clayton

When I was in college in the 70's, professional schools (medical schools, law schools, veterinary schools) were only in the process of dropping formal quotas. (At Iowa State University, where I was an undergrad, the vet school accepted 98 men and two women in each class, despite the fact that half the applicants were women. They didn't drop the quota until the mid 1980's, and it took a lawsuit to make that happen.)

So, more women started to get accepted in med school in the early 70's. After four years of med school, then four years of residency, we're looking at 1978 or later for the uptick in numbers of women psychiatrists. I think Mel was right on the money with his crop of extras.

My students today can't believe what a sausage fest the sciences and professions were 40 years ago. Thy just wonder what the heck Lou Dobbs is goin' on about.


Back in the early days of VCR, my family watched this movie many times, and we used to quote from it all the time. I haven't watched it for awhile, and I'm sure I'd have a similar reaction as you... disjointed, could use a better lead to hold the story together, but the disjointed parts are hilarious. The Sinatra imitation scene is one of my favorites-- nothing to do with the story, but hilarious.

I had to watch Spellbound (which I loved as a kid for the special effects and the hotness of the young Peck) a few years ago for a library school project -- Digital Libraries class created a digital library of materials relating to the film from the Selznick collection at the Harry Ransom Center. Still regretting not having organized a High Anxiety screening to let us blow off steam...

Kevin Wolf

Must re-watch. Though even my fading memories concur re the color scheme and general ugliness of the film.


Yeah, the concept is better than the execution, and it's harder to direct yourself than people think (don't do it if you don't need to). A few great scenes, though in the movie, though.


When Brooks checks into the conference hotel and goes to his room, he manages to annoy the bellhop so much with his repeated requests for a newspaper that the bellhop (taking off on the shower scene from Psycho) delivers it to him in his shower by stabbing him with it. As Brooks lies on the shower floor, the newsprint leaking off the paper down the drain, with no expression on his face like he's dead, he says totally deadpan, "That kid gets no tip." Every time I see him deliver that line, I wet myself laughing. Perfect!

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