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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>

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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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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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Trivia

Joan Fontaine won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance. That year was the first time that there were no first time Oscar nominees in the Best Actress category. Bette Davis, Greer Garson, Barbara Stanwyck and Joan had been nominated for Best Actress before, while Joan Fontaine's sister, Olivia de Havilland, had been nominated before for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. See more »

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The "British" light switches in the sets are unmistakably American. They even operate in the American way - up for on, down for off - the opposite of real British switches. 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

Frühlingsstimmen, op. 410 (Voices of Spring)
(1882) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
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Needed A More Plausible Ending
24 January 2009 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Hitchcock's 'Suspicion' starts off as a slow moving silly romantic comedy before switching to a thriller. Hitchcock's style of narrating the story as the events unfold is brilliant as usual. Cary Grant turns on the charm button but it is Joan Fontaine who steals the show. Lina's increasing suspicion, confusion and despair as she discovers Johnnie's deadly secrets are skillfully displayed. Hitchcock maintains the element of suspense and increasing tension very well. However, it is the ending that is a let down and the only reason I can think of why such a closing was chosen was to fulfill the Hollywood 'happy ending' standard. 'Suspicion' could have been an excellent dark thriller had the ending been more plausible and made sense of all the preceding events. Yet, it remains a good job mostly because of the crafted way Hitchcock builds tension throughout the movie.


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