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Suspicion (1941)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 14 November 1941 (USA)
A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder 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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In his arms she felt safety...in his absence, haunting dread! See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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$1,103,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Hitchcock originally wanted Johnnie to be guilty, but the studio insisted that the public wouldn't accept Cary Grant as a murderer. Hitchcock's original ending had Johnny convicting himself by mailing a letter that Lina had written. See more »

Goofs

At :15 into the film, Cary Grant's character, whose name has been seen in numerous photos identified as "Johnnie Aysgarth" (and is so-named in the closing credits), a telegram to Joan Fontaine's character is signed, "Johnny." See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Featured in The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiener Blut, op. 354 (Viennese Blood)
(1871) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Roy Webb
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User Reviews

 
A wife suspects that her irresponsible husband is a killer
24 January 1999 | by (Madison, WI) – See all my reviews

"Suspicion" is a classically Hitchcockian film, with Joan Fontaine as a woman who marries a charming scoundrel, played by Cary Grant, who she begins to think might kill for money. Parts of the film, such as Grant's "courting" techniques, seem rather dated, but the tension builds well, and my interest was held throughout. The ending, however, seems tacked-on and very unsatisfying in execution, even if not in content. This seemed to me to be a lesser film than the best of Hitchcock's output during the 40's, such as the earlier "Rebecca" (also with Fontaine) and the later "Notorious", but anyone who enjoys Hitchcock's films in general will likely enjoy this one as well.

Overall Rating: 3 stars (out of 4), or 7 (out of 10)


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