Suspicion

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RKO Radio Pictures Released 1941

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Director:
Alfred Hitchcock
Released:
1941
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Suspicion (1941) is one of Alfred Hitchcock's most disquieting thrillers. The film follows a naive and timid newly-wed woman as she begins to question the man she married. Debonair, unscrupulous Johnnie catches Lina's eye as they both travel first-class on a train; he only has a third-class ticket, but he charms his way out of things. Soon, Johnnie is courting Lina, and, although she is rather flustered by him - he's like no-one she ever met - she agrees to marry him, rather to the disapproval of her stern parents. After their honeymoon, Lina learns that Johnnie is penniless and was hoping she had rather more money than she does have; he gets a job and then loses it, in rather shady circumstances. Things become increasingly uncomfortable and suspicious when Johnnie's friend Beaky dies suddenly, in the the company of an unidentified man who sounds to Lina like her husband. Who is this devious liar Lina has married, how can she trust him - and why is he so interested in poisons? Joan Fontaine's performance is truly exceptional, and earned her an Oscar award for Best Actress; Cary Grant, much more ambiguous than usual, is no less brilliant.

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Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Variety

    Alfred Hitchcock's trademarked cinematic development of suspenseful drama, through mental emotions of the story principals, is vividly displayed in Suspicion, a class production [f...

  • 90

    Chicago Reader Dave Kehr

    Everyone concedes that this 1941 Hitchcock film is a failure, yet it displays so much artistic seriousness that I find its failure utterly mysterious—especially since the often c...

  • 70

    The New York Times Bosley Crowther

    One must remark that the ending is not up to Mr. Hitchcock's usual style, and the general atmosphere of the picture is far less genuine than he previously has wrought. But still he...

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The original novel this film was based on was entitled Before The Fact and was published under the pseudonym of "Francis Iles".

    • Alfred Hitchcock often complained that the ending he wanted to use for the film - in which it would turn out that the Cary Grant character actually is trying to murder his wife, and actually succeeds in doing so - was rejected by the studio as being bad for Grant's image, forcing him to substitute the happy ending the film instead has. The actor was keen to go along with Hitchcock's original plan, precisely because he actually wanted to change his usual image.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • This was the second and last film performance of the English character actress Auriol Lee, who was killed in a car accident soon after completing her role, and prior to the film's commercial opening.

    • Joan Fontaine won an Academy Award as Best Actress for her role in this film.

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Drama, Suspense

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Murder & Mayhem, Thrillers, Crime, Classics, paris france