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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.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Samson Raphaelson (screen play), Joan Harrison (screen play) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Johnnie Aysgarth
Joan Fontaine ... Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth
Cedric Hardwicke ... General McLaidlaw (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Nigel Bruce ... Gordon Cochran Thwaite aka Beaky
May Whitty ... Mrs. McLaidlaw (as Dame May Whitty)
Isabel Jeans ... Mrs. Newsham
Heather Angel ... Ethel - the Maid
Auriol Lee ... Isobel Sedbusk
Reginald Sheffield Reginald Sheffield ... Reggie Wetherby
Leo G. Carroll ... Captain Melbeck
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Storyline

Johnnie Aysgarth is a handsome gambler who seems to live by borrowing money from friends. He meets shy Lina McLaidlaw on a train while trying to travel in a first class car 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 Johnnie's friend and business partner, Beaky, is mysteriously killed. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Cary Grant in his most powerful role as a wastrel husband intent on riches at any cost..Joan Fontaine in her first since "Rebecca", as the bride whose love turned to terror! Completely compelling mystery romance! See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Before the Fact See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Sur, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,103,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In one draft of the script, when Johnnie realizes what was in Lina's mind, he runs away until he can "find some way to pay" his debts (both financial and moral), and joins the U.S. Air Force under a false name. She finds out where he's stationed and proudly watches as his plane, with his nickname for her painted on it, takes off. See more »

Goofs

Why the reference to "Richard Palmer", a murderer who killed a man in a drinking bet before "going on to kill a lot of other people", when the (very famous) real life murderer was William Palmer? 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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Alternate Versions

A colorized version of the film was produced. It has been available on VHS (Turner Home Entertainment) in NTSC format for a while. A dual black & white/colorized Region-2 DVD version has been released in 2003 by Universal in PAL format. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Hitchcock Classics Collection (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Frühlingsstimmen, op. 410 (Voices of Spring)
(1882) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
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User Reviews

Style Over Substance=Classic Hitchcock
7 September 2003 | by thurberdrawingSee all my reviews

I'm surprised so many people are disappointed with this movie. It doesn't seem to me more unreal than any other Hitchcock film. As always, the highlights are those moments when we get a glimpse of someone doubting what someone else is saying. This movie specializes in such moments and, inasmuch as doubt is Hitchcock's stock in trade, I can't find anything wrong with SUSPICION. It's playful, scary and, yes, escapist. Hitchcock never made a realistic movie, and I thank him for it.


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