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The Unsuspected (1947)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery  |  3 October 1947 (USA)
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The secretary of an affably suave radio mystery host mysteriously commits suicide after his wealthy young niece disappears.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Caulfield ...
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Victor Grandison
Audrey Totter ...
Althea Keane
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Jane Moynihan
Hurd Hatfield ...
Oliver Keane
Ted North ...
Steven Francis Howard (as Michael North)
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Richard Donovan
...
Max
Jack Lambert ...
Mr. Press
Ray Walker ...
Donovan's Assistant
Nana Bryant ...
Mrs. White
Walter Baldwin ...
Judge Maynard - Justice of the Peace
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Horvath ...
Cab Driver (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

A girl has been murdered. A woman cannot remember a man who claims to be her husband. Her uncle hosts a radio murder mystery show called "The Unsuspected". Who killed the girl? Why? And who is this mystery husband? Written by erasmus

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YOU CAN'T FORSEE IT! YOU CAN'T FORGET IT!


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Release Date:

3 October 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sem Sombra de Suspeita  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

There is an apparent in-joke when Hurd Hatfield compares Joan Caulfield's Mathilda character to her portrait, saying that she hasn't changed, but her portrait has, a clear reference to his signature film, "The Picture of Dorian Gray." See more »

Goofs

When Steve Edwards shows up for the first time at the front door of Grandison's home, the cameraman is clearly reflected on the window of the door. See more »

Quotes

Victor Grandison: His day of reckoning must come. He is tormented by fear that someday he will make one false move, one slip that will betray him, and when he does, the lightning of justice will strike... the unsuspected.
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Crazy Credits

Opening title and credits are typed in a bound manuscript, and we see someone's gloved hands flipping the pages. See more »

Connections

References The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played at the surprise party when Jane enters and Victor greets Donovan
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Radio's Golden Age
21 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked this bit of film noir. The story is a bit confusing and it lacks a solid foundation for introducing and developing characters. Unlike most films, this film might have been over edited. Another 10-15 minutes of character development might have helped.

Now having said all that, what I truly liked about this film is that it is set during the golden age of radio. Its nice to have a contemporary view of this now lost and long forgotten world. We get to see a production of an "old time radio" program. We see how sound was recorded before taping became practical. Claude Rains' character is a narrator of a spooky, murder mystery radio show very much along the lines of popular radio programs such as "The Whistler" or "Suspense" or "Lights Out." Rains was perfectly cast in this role. His "radio voice" hearkens back to the day when "the Man in Black" or "the Whistler" kept millions of Americans entranced by the glowing dial in their darkened den or bedroom.


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