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The Suspect (1944)

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In 1902 London, unhappily married Philip Marshall meets young Mary Gray, who is unemployed and depressed. Their deepening friendship, though physically innocent, is discovered by Philip's ... See full summary »

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In 1902 London, unhappily married Philip Marshall meets young Mary Gray, who is unemployed and depressed. Their deepening friendship, though physically innocent, is discovered by Philip's wife who threatens him with exposure and scandal, driving him to kill her. Thereafter, fortune seems to smile on Philip Marshall; but does fate have a surprise in store? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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His was a strange SECRET! Hers was a strange LOVE!

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3 September 1945 (Sweden)  »

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Le suspect  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 9, 1945 with Charles Laughton, Ella Raines and Rosalind Ivan reprising their film roles. See more »

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Universal Tries Hitchcock
20 February 2012 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

And it was a very good try, too. It had many of the elements of a Hitchcock movie that make them so enjoyable. Plus, this one starred Charles Laughton, one of the best, although I can't picture him working for Hitchcock. I would think there would be the inevitable clash of personalities which would prevent such a matchup.

"The Suspect" is about a milquetoast married to a shrewish wife who hounds him until decides to take drastic measures. In the meantime, he meets Ella Raines. She is unemployed, he is smitten. (Put two and two together here). The milquetoast is played to perfection by Laughton, and his wife is played in the same manner by Rosalind Ivan.

Now comes an UnHitchcock-like development in the person of the Scotland Yard detective, played with an extremely heavy hand by Stanley Ridges. After introducing himself to Laughton, he immediately reenacts a supposed murder scene without even taking off his coat. He continues his seemingly unmotivated investigation for the rest of the picture, culminating in a completely far-fetched and disappointing ending.

That said, the picture is completely absorbing, made even more so by Laughton and by a terrific job in support by Henry Daniell, Laughton's alcoholic neighbor. I just think a better ending would have helped this movie to an even better final rating.


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