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Suspicion (1941)

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A shy young English woman marries a charming gentleman, then begins to suspect him of trying to kill her.

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Johnny Aysgarth is a handsome gambler who seems to live by borrowing money from friends. He meets shy Lina McLaidlaw on a train whilst trying to travel in a first class carriage with a third class ticket. He begins to court Lina and before long they are married. It is only after the honeymoon that she discovers his true character and she starts to become suspicious when Johnny's friend and business partner, Beaky is killed mysteriously. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Alfred Hitchcock, who gave you "Foreign Correspondent" and "Rebecca", creates his most romantic mystery hit! See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 4, 1942 with Joan Fontaine reprising her film role. See more »

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When the Aysgarths are eating at Isobel's house, the placement of Johnnie's head varies between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Johnnie Aysgarth: Oh, I beg your pardon. Was that your leg? I had no idea we were going into a tunnel. I thought the compartment was empty.
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Frühlingsstimmen, op. 410 (Voices of Spring)
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Needed A More Plausible Ending
24 January 2009 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Hitchcock's 'Suspicion' starts off as a slow moving silly romantic comedy before switching to a thriller. Hitchcock's style of narrating the story as the events unfold is brilliant as usual. Cary Grant turns on the charm button but it is Joan Fontaine who steals the show. Lina's increasing suspicion, confusion and despair as she discovers Johnnie's deadly secrets are skillfully displayed. Hitchcock maintains the element of suspense and increasing tension very well. However, it is the ending that is a let down and the only reason I can think of why such a closing was chosen was to fulfill the Hollywood 'happy ending' standard. 'Suspicion' could have been an excellent dark thriller had the ending been more plausible and made sense of all the preceding events. Yet, it remains a good job mostly because of the crafted way Hitchcock builds tension throughout the movie.


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