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Suspicion -- From the master of suspense, director Alfred Hitchcock, comes this Oscar-winning thriller about a wealthy wallflower who suspects her penniless playboy husband of trying to murder her.

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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 heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Good night, Lina." See more (154 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)

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 .... recordist
 
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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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:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #7113) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)
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Trivia:
After this film became a box office success, Alfred Hitchcock's name began to end up on the title of his films starting with Saboteur (1942).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: As the game of Anagrams is played, the first tile used to spell MURDER is not an M but a W. Typographically the two are different. Unlike later versions of the game, however, at that time there was no way for players to know if the tiles were being laid upright.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:
Frühlingsstimmen, op. 410 (Voices of Spring)See more »

FAQ

Does director Alfred Hitchcock have a cameo in "Suspicion"?
What is 'Suspicion' about?
Why does Johnnie call Lina "monkey face"?
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121 out of 140 people found the following review useful.
"Good night, Lina.", 27 October 2005
Author: Holdjerhorses from United States

That could have been Cary Grant's most chilling line in his long career.

*SPOILERS*

Except RKO didn't have the courage of its convictions. Having bought the rights to Francis Iles' novel, and despite Hitchcock's insistence on sticking with the original ending, neither preview audiences nor the studio were ready to accept Cary Grant as a murderer. So its present ending was hastily written and shot. It completely subverts all the fine work that's gone before.

Joan Fontaine was a brilliant actress and valiantly, passionately, breathlessly tries to make the shockingly amateurish dialogue in the final scene work -- "Oh, Johnny! You were going to kill yourself instead of me, like the audience and I have thought for the last 90 minutes! Oh, Johnny! It's as much my fault as it is yours! Oh, Johnny! I was only thinking of myself . . . ," etc.

Cary Grant does his best with this final abomination of a climax. "Lina! Lina! How much can one man bear! When you and the audience thought I was in Paris murdering Beaky I was really in Liverpool!" Etc.

Huh?

In other words, this beautifully produced, directed, acted and written psychological suspense thriller turns out to be about a charming lazy n'er-do-well who's sponged and embezzled his way through life, who marries a beautiful but neurotic aristocrat who, from day one, increasingly assumes the worst about her husband -- convincing herself (and us) that he's killed before and now is about to kill her?

"Just kidding," the tacked-on final scene says. "It was all innocent. You eating popcorn out there in the dark, and Lina, should be ashamed for even THINKING such things! Go home now."

It helps, out of self defense, to watch "Suspicion" with the original ending in mind. Yes, the milk is poisoned. Yes Johnny killed Beaky in Paris. Yes, he's a psychopath who lies, cheats, steals and kills. Yes, Lina believed him and loved him deeply -- the only man she's ever loved. Yes, her life is no longer worth living, now that she knows the truth about Johnny. Yes, she rightly suspects that milk is poisoned. So she writes a letter to her mother, telling the truth about Johnny's exploits, and that he is poisoning her as she writes -- and that she intends to die. She seals the letter and gives it to Johnny to mail. She drinks the milk. Johnny leaves and unknowingly drops Lina's letter into a mailbox, thus sealing his fate.

THAT'S a rewarding ending.

It also makes everything that's gone before (including writing, directing, performances and cinematography) plausible. It gives "Suspicion" a reason to exist.

But that's the novel's ending.

The film's "Lina and the audience are just paranoid" ending makes fools out of all the talent on display here. And of us.

Hold mentally to the original ending and you'll love it.

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