Edit
Suspicion (1941) Poster

(1941)

Trivia

Jump to: Spoilers (9)
Joan Fontaine liked the character of Lina in this movie so much, that she sent Sir Alfred Hitchcock a note after she read the novel, "Before the Fact", by Francis Iles, offering to play the part for free, if necessary.
115 of 119 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
In interviews, Sir Alfred Hitchcock said that an RKO executive ordered that all scenes in which Cary Grant appeared menacing be excised from the movie. When the cutting was completed, the movie ran only fifty-five minutes. The scenes were later restored, Hitchcock said, because he shot each piece of film so that there was only one way to edit them together properly.
98 of 101 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Joan Fontaine's performance in this movie is the only Oscar-winning performance that Sir Alfred Hitchcock directed.
138 of 144 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
This movie marked Sir Alfred Hitchcock's first movie as a producer, as well as director.
73 of 75 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
According to movie historian Felicia Feaster, Cary Grant's frustration with Sir Alfred Hitchcock stemmed from Hitchcock's attentive behavior toward leading lady, Joan Fontaine. Grant felt that Hitchcock gave Fontaine preferential treatment to the detriment of his character. This behavior led to a lifelong bitter relationship between Grant and Fontaine, exacerbated by Fontaine's Academy Award success and Grant's perceived snub for this movie.
62 of 64 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Cary Grant did not warm up to Joan Fontaine, finding her to be temperamental and unprofessional.
73 of 76 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Movie historian Ben Mankiewicz noted that Cary Grant was so displeased with his experience with Director Sir Alfred Hitchcock, during the making of this movie, that he publicly vowed never to work again with Hitchcock. The rift between actor and director was mended, however, and Grant and Hitchcock collaborated on three more movies, Notorious (1946), To Catch a Thief (1955), and North by Northwest (1959).
69 of 72 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
DIRECTOR CAMEO (Sir Alfred Hitchcock): (At around forty-five minutes) Mailing a letter at the village post office.
76 of 80 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
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.
53 of 55 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
When Lina refuses Johnnie's kiss, there is a tight shot of her closing her purse, which has what is called a "kiss lock" and which, when closed, resembles the firm crossing of one's legs.
26 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Joan Fontaine won a Best Actress Oscar for this movie. Many pundits think she won because she did not win the previous year when she was nominated for Rebecca (1940).
28 of 29 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
After this movie became a box-office success, Sir Alfred Hitchcock's name began to end up in the titles of his movies, starting with Saboteur (1942).
58 of 64 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Cary Grant was paid $112,500 for his work in this film, while Joan Fontaine earned $69,750. At that time, Hitchcock was still being paid a weekly salary as director, and he was not happy about the amount his two stars were paid.
16 of 16 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Cary Grant's first role in a Sir Alfred Hitchcock movie. He also starred in three more: Notorious (1946), To Catch a Thief (1955), and North by Northwest (1959).
68 of 76 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
There are many differences between the movie and the novel. Johnnie Aysgarth's infidelity is not featured in this movie: Lina's best friend, with whom Johnnie has an affair, does not appear at all. In the novel, the maid Ella has an illegitimate son by Johnnie.
48 of 53 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The dog in the movie is a Sealyham Terrier named "Johnnie", and Sir Alfred Hitchcock's own dog. Sir Alfred Hitchcock kept Sealyhams for many years. In The Birds (1963), Hitchcock walked out of the pet store with Sealyhams on a lead.
63 of 71 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Despite the indecision over its ending, this movie was a tremendous success, and more importantly, Sir Alfred Hitchcock had enjoyed a measure of creative freedom which he knew that he would not get at Selznick International.
52 of 58 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
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.
33 of 36 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
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.
19 of 20 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Sir Laurence Olivier and Frances Dee were Sir Alfred Hitchcock's first choices to play Johnnie and Lina.
23 of 25 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Alfred Hitchcock did not like the title Suspicion for this film.
16 of 17 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Sir Alfred Hitchcock quipped that this was his second completely British movie (following Rebecca (1940)). He explained that both movies featured predominantly British actors and actresses in key roles, were set in Britain, and their source materials were written by a British author.
36 of 42 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Johnnie calls Lina by his nickname for her, "Monkey Face", nineteen times throughout the movie.
62 of 77 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Cary Grant was always temperamental and jealous on the set, especially if he perceived the leading lady was favored by the director. He was especially jealous of Joan Fontaine and upset that Sir Laurence Olivier had been the first choice to play Johnnie.
22 of 25 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Film critic Bosley Crowther of The New York Times considered that Grant was "provokingly irresponsible, boyishly gay, and also oddly mysterious, as the role properly demands."
29 of 34 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Joan Fontaine, in character as Lina, narrates the trailer on-screen and speaks directly to the audience.
39 of 47 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Based on the 1932 novel "Before the Fact", by Francis Iles, which was the pen name for Anthony Berkeley.
22 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Samson Raphaelson considered this movie "in many ways, my best screenplay."
29 of 36 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Isabel Jeans (Mrs. Newsham) previously appeared in the director Alfred Hitchcock's silent films When Boys Leave Home (1927) and Easy Virtue (1927).
11 of 12 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Cary Grant reportedly pitched a hissy fit when Joan Fontaine was nominated for an Oscar and eventually won for playing Lina.
14 of 16 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Harry E. Edington was originally the producer of this movie. But while in production, he got fired. So Sir Alfred Hitchcock became producer, as well as director.
25 of 31 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
In the 1940s, it was common for movies to be adapted into radio plays. This movie was adapted six times from 1942 to 1949, starring the original actors and actresses: once on "Academy Award Theater", twice on "Lux Radio Theater", and three times on "Screen Guild Theater".
23 of 29 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
According to Variety, this movie earned 1.8 million dollars at the box-office in 1942.
17 of 21 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a thirty minute radio adaptation of this movie on January 21, 1946 with Cary Grant and Nigel Bruce reprising their roles.
20 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
David O. Selznick was dissatisfied with Miklós Rózsa's scoring for the ski sequence in Spellbound (1945) and replaced it with a cue written by Franz Waxman for the final scene (fast car driving scene) in this movie.
20 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
This movie won the 1948 Kinema Junpo Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
14 of 18 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a sixty minute radio adaptation of this movie on May 4, 1942 with Joan Fontaine reprising her role.
23 of 33 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Michèle Morgan was screentested for the role of Lina, and Constance Worth replaced Phyllis Barry as "Mrs. Fitzpatrick".
15 of 21 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
A big latticed window casts a spider's web-like shadow across the actors and actresses.
19 of 28 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The novel, on which this movie was based, was adapted as a British television movie in 1987.
15 of 22 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a thirty minute radio adaptation of this movie on January 4, 1943 with Joan Fontaine and Nigel Bruce reprising their roles.
16 of 24 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a thirty minute radio adaptation of this movie on October 30, 1946 with Cary Grant reprising his role.
17 of 30 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The film takes place in 1938.
12 of 20 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The 1988 American Playhouse adaptation starred Anthony Andrews and Jane Curtin.
10 of 17 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a thirty minute radio adaptation of this movie on November 24, 1949 with Joan Fontaine, Cary Grant, and Nigel Bruce reprising their roles.
14 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Theatrical movie debut of Faith Brook (Alice Barham).
14 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Included among the American Film Institute's 2001 list of 400 movies nominated for the top 100 Most Heart-Pounding American Movies.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Sir Alfred Hitchcock originally wanted Johnnie to be guilty, but the studio insisted that the public wouldn't accept Cary Grant as a murderer. Hitchcock's original ending had Johnnie killing Lina by poisoning her milk, but then convicting himself by mailing a letter that Lina had written. Joan Fontaine said, Cary Grant "did kill me in the original cut, but at a preview, the audience simply refused to accept him as the murderer."
96 of 99 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
In an interview on The Dick Cavett Show (1968), Sir Alfred Hitchcock explained how he managed to call attention to the glass of milk, in his movie Notorious, containing the fatal dose of poison. He wanted it stand out, so he had a glass made that contained a small battery operated light so the glass would show up in the long down-the-hallway shot.
62 of 64 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Sir Alfred Hitchcock wanted an ending similar to the climax of the novel, but the studio, more concerned with Cary Grant's "heroic" image, insisted that it be changed. Writer Donald Spoto, in his biography of Hitchcock, "The Dark Side Of Genius", disputes Hitchcock's claim to have been overruled on the ending. Spoto claims that the first RKO treatment and memos between Hitchcock and the studio show that Hitchcock emphatically desired to make a movie about a woman's fantasy life.
39 of 40 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
In Iles' novel, Johnnie serves his sick wife a drink which she knows to be poisoned, and she voluntarily gulps it down. In this movie, the drink is not poisoned, and can be seen untouched the following morning.
29 of 30 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Unlike the novel "Before the Fact", this movie focuses much more on the psychology of Lina. For example, the anagram scene isn't in the novel. Another example is where the atmosphere becomes very dark when Lina reaches the house after visiting the land Johnnie and Beaky decided for their corporation. When Lina finds out that Beaky is alive, the atmosphere becomes a bright and joyful atmosphere, while "Vienna Blood Waltz" is playing in the background. Unlike the book, this movie also focuses on the inner conflict of Lina. Another example: the scene where Lina talks to her father's portrait, "He didn't go to Paris. He didn't go to Paris I tell you." Unlike the novel, the movie's focus on the psychological side of Lina makes it more ambiguous about Johnnie being a murderer.
52 of 57 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Sir Alfred Hitchcock always claimed that he wanted his film to end with Lina being murdered by her husband, as in the novel. However, his biographer Patrick McGilligan, writing more than a quarter of a century after Hitchcock's death, reveals that there is some evidence that Hitchcock considered, quite early in preparing the film, changing the ending so that John Aysgarth is revealed as innocent, as in the final movie. Furthermore, the historian and critic Michael Wood has intriguingly suggested that the ending of the film is presented in such a way that we don't actually know that Johnnie is telling the truth to Lina, and that he may simply be planning to murder her at a later date.
12 of 12 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Sir Alfred Hitchcock later stated that he thought the ending of the movie in which Johnnie is sent to jail instead of committing suicide "a complete mistake, because of making that story with Cary Grant. Unless you have a cynical ending, it makes the story too simple."
27 of 30 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
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 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.
31 of 35 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Sir Alfred Hitchcock also shot this movie for German audiences as well. The German version of this movie is called Verdacht (1941). In Verdacht (1941), Hitchcock shot the scenes in German that showed the contents of the letters. Sir Alfred Hitchcock knew German, due to the fact that he lived in Germany during his early filmmaking years.
10 of 11 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page


Recently Viewed