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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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General McLaidlaw (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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$1,103,000 (estimated)

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$4,500,000
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It was remade as a British TV movie in 1987. See more »

Goofs

While playing "Anagrams" and Lina changes the letters MUDDER to MURDER, she slides the D above the word and slides the R in its place. The D is the only upturned tile directly above the word MURDER. After the camera switches to a closeup of Lina and back, the tiles there are now an H and F upturned and two face-down tiles next to them that weren't there seconds ago. 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

Referenced in The Lucy Show: Lucy Goes to a Hollywood Premiere (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiener Blut, op. 354 (Viennese Blood)
(1871) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Roy Webb
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One of my favorites
11 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie, I was kind of undecided. I had taped an Alfred Hitchcock marathon on TV and I only watched it for the sake of watching another Hitchcock film. The second time though, was in the back seat of a conversion van on a LONG road trip and I had a lot of time on my hands, so the more movies I had to watch, the better.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Having read about the movie, I knew that the ending wasn't Alfred Hitchcock's first choice, but I thought the final shot was very beautifully filmed, and the ending was ok with me.

Of course, the whole movie is beautifully filmed in brilliant sunlight. I think the only really dark scene is the milk one. However, the theme of a woman suspecting that her husband is a murderer is indeed dark.

The movie is about Lina McLaidlaw (Joan Fontaine) who marries the rascally Johnnie Aysgarth (Cary Grant). She slowly begins to suspect that he is plotting to murder her for money, and it certainly doesn't help when his best friend dies under mysterious circumstances. Fontaine is excellent in her role and she certainly deserved her Oscar.

The movie is really quite entertaining. Many people consider Rebecca or Notorious Hitchcock's best movie of the 40's. I like both films a lot, but something about Suspicion makes it my personal favorite of the decade.

This is a must-see for Hitchcock fans. Full of classic performances and of course, suspensefully directed!


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