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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 »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Trivia

Originally, this movie was intended as a B movie to star George Sanders and Anne Shirley. Then when Sir Alfred Hitchcock became involved, the budget increased, and Sir Laurence Olivier and Frances Dee were to star. See more »

Goofs

After returning from their honeymoon, Johnnie pours tea for Lina. He picks up the teapot, then lifts it again in the cutaway shot. 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 »

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Soundtracks

Wiener Blut, op. 354 (Viennese Blood)
(1871) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Roy Webb
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User Reviews

One of my favorites
11 July 2000 | by Beefy-2See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie, I was kind of undecided. I had taped an Alfred Hitchcock marathon on TV and I only watched it for the sake of watching another Hitchcock film. The second time though, was in the back seat of a conversion van on a LONG road trip and I had a lot of time on my hands, so the more movies I had to watch, the better.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Having read about the movie, I knew that the ending wasn't Alfred Hitchcock's first choice, but I thought the final shot was very beautifully filmed, and the ending was ok with me.

Of course, the whole movie is beautifully filmed in brilliant sunlight. I think the only really dark scene is the milk one. However, the theme of a woman suspecting that her husband is a murderer is indeed dark.

The movie is about Lina McLaidlaw (Joan Fontaine) who marries the rascally Johnnie Aysgarth (Cary Grant). She slowly begins to suspect that he is plotting to murder her for money, and it certainly doesn't help when his best friend dies under mysterious circumstances. Fontaine is excellent in her role and she certainly deserved her Oscar.

The movie is really quite entertaining. Many people consider Rebecca or Notorious Hitchcock's best movie of the 40's. I like both films a lot, but something about Suspicion makes it my personal favorite of the decade.

This is a must-see for Hitchcock fans. Full of classic performances and of course, suspensefully directed!


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