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Director:
Writers:
Samson Raphaelson (screen play) &
Joan Harrison (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
14 November 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Love in his Heart . . . Tragedy in his Mind ! The stars of "Penny Serenade" and "Rebecca" in this most thrilling mystery . . . See more »
Plot:
A shy young English woman marries a charming gentleman, then begins to suspect him of trying to kill her. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Slight thriller with star power See more (141 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Johnnie

Joan Fontaine ... Lina

Cedric Hardwicke ... General McLaidlaw (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Nigel Bruce ... Beaky

Dame May Whitty ... Mrs. McLaidlaw
Isabel Jeans ... Mrs. Newsham
Heather Angel ... Ethel (Maid)
Auriol Lee ... Isobel Sedbusk
Reginald Sheffield ... Reggie Wetherby

Leo G. Carroll ... Captain Melbeck
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Billy Bevan ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Faith Brook ... Alice Barham (uncredited)
Leonard Carey ... Burton - McLaidlaws' Butler (uncredited)
David Clyde ... Trunk Man (uncredited)
Clyde Cook ... Photographer (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Hogarth Club Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Carol Curtis-Brown ... Jessie Barham (uncredited)
Vernon Downing ... Benson (uncredited)
Rex Evans ... Mr. Bailey (uncredited)
Edward Fielding ... Antique Shop Proprietor (uncredited)
Gavin Gordon ... Dr. Bertram Sedbusk (uncredited)
Lumsden Hare ... Inspector Hodgson (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Mailing Letter (uncredited)
Gertrude Hoffman ... Mrs. Wetherby (uncredited)
Kenneth Hunter ... Sir Gerald (uncredited)
Dorothy Lloyd ... Miss Wetherby (uncredited)
Aubrey Mather ... Executor of General Laidlaw's Will (uncredited)
Nondas Metcalf ... Phyllis Swinghurst (uncredited)
Rita Page ... Secretary (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Postmistress (uncredited)
Clara Reid ... Mrs. Craddock (uncredited)
Maureen Roden-Ryan ... Maid - Winnie (uncredited)
Violet Shelton ... Mrs. Barham (uncredited)
Donald Stuart ... Photographer (uncredited)
Denis Tankard ... Footman (uncredited)
Pax Walker ... Maid - Phoebe (uncredited)
Ben Webster ... William Howe - Registrar (uncredited)
Elsie Weller ... Miss Wetherby (uncredited)
Constance Worth ... Mrs. Fitzpatrick (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Samson Raphaelson (screen play) &
Joan Harrison (screen play) &
Alma Reville (screen play)

Anthony Berkeley (novel "Before the Fact") (as Francis Iles)

Produced by
Harry E. Edington .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography) (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
William Hamilton 
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dewey Starkey .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Carroll Clark .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
John E. Tribby .... recorded by
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mal Merrihugh .... stand-in: Cary Grant (uncredited)
N. Russell .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:16 | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1946) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1999) (2003) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #7113)

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Trivia:
This movie marked Alfred Hitchcock's first film as a producer as well as director.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Aysgarths are eating at Isobel's house, the placement of Johnnie's head varies between shots.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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Wiener Blut, op. 354 (Viennese Blood)See more »

FAQ

Does director Alfred Hitchcock have a cameo in "Suspicion"?
Why does Johnnie call Lina "monkey face"?
What's the name Johnnie uses when referring to Lina's neck dimple?
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53 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Slight thriller with star power, 10 April 2003
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

Cary Grant (Johnnie Aysgarth) was 37 when this was released and perhaps at the pinnacle of his sexual charm (but not at the pinnacle of his career by a long shot); and Joan Fontaine (Lina Aysgarth--not "Linda," as the video jacket mistakenly has it), 24, was fresh from her very fine performance in Rebecca (1940) alongside Laurence Olivier, also directed by Alfred Hitchcock, for which he garnered his only Best Picture Oscar. I don't think this film is nearly as good. It is saved from being something close to annoying at times only by the star power of the leads and a fine supporting cast, especially Nigel Bruce (best known perhaps as Dr. Watson in a number of Sherlock Holmes films) as Cary Grant's friend "Beaky."

The problem with the film lies partly with the casting of Cary Grant, although not in his performance as such. He was seen as such a valuable property by the studio that the proper ending of the film was considered inappropriate and so it was changed. Along the way we see a lot of mixed foreshadowing so it is impossible to tell whether his character is that of a loving husband who is a bit of a rogue or a cold-blooded murderer who married Lina for her inheritance and intends to kill her. We can see how the latter possibility might not work so well since she was only getting a subsistence allowance from the will of her father who disapproved of the marriage. And there are all those dark scowls that Grant manufactures, somewhat awkwardly I must say, to keep us in doubt. What is apparent is that Hitchcock had one ending in mind and then had to change it and wasn't able to redo some of the earlier scenes that worked better with the old ending.

At any rate, Joan Fontaine is very good, lovely, graceful and focused. With this performance she went one up on her older sister Olivia de Havilland by winning the Best Actress Oscar. And it is a bit of a spicy treat to see Cary Grant as something of a heavy, at least part of the time. For most of us, who have seen him in many films, his character has always been sterling.

I must also note that some of the production seems a bit unnatural. Grant wears his suit and tie all buttoned up even when visiting Fontaine in their bedroom (carrying the infamous glass of milk, which I understand was backlighted with a bulb inside the glass to make it almost glow). Fontaine's Lina appears mousey and bookish at the beginning (it is suggested that she was in danger of being an old maid!) but later develops a more sophisticated style. And I don't think Hitchcock or Grant really gave her enough cause for the sort of fear she experienced. The final scene with its quick about-face was not entirely convincing or conclusive either.

Contemporary audiences might wince at the plodding direction by Hitchcock. They might even wonder why he decided to make a movie from such a familiar and lightly plotted tale not far removed psychologically from a romance novel. But Hitchcock always erred on the side of giving the mass audience what he thought they wanted. What they wanted here was Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine together romantically with some mystery and doubt along the way.

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