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The Suspect (1944)

Approved | | Drama , Thriller | May 1945 (UK)
In 1902 London, unhappily married Philip Marshall meets young Mary Gray, who is unemployed and depressed. Their deepening friendship, though physically innocent, is discovered by Philip's ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (screenplay), Arthur T. Horman (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Laughton ... Philip
Ella Raines ... Mary
Dean Harens ... John
Stanley Ridges ... Huxley (as Stanley C. Ridges)
Henry Daniell ... Mr. Simmons
Rosalind Ivan ... Cora
Molly Lamont ... Mrs. Simmons
Raymond Severn Raymond Severn ... Merridew
Eve Amber Eve Amber ... Sybil
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Packer
Clifford Brooke Clifford Brooke ... Mr. Packer
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In 1902 London, unhappily married Philip Marshall meets young Mary Gray, who is unemployed and depressed. Their deepening friendship, though physically innocent, is discovered by Philip's wife who threatens him with exposure and scandal, driving him to kill her. Thereafter, fortune seems to smile on Philip Marshall; but does fate have a surprise in store? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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His was a strange SECRET! Hers was a strange LOVE!

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le suspect See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final screen role of Raymond Severn. See more »

Quotes

Mary: What is it Philip that you don't ever like to meet anyone?
Philip: Well, a chap my age has the right to a few peculiarities.
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Connections

Referenced in Columbo: How to Dial a Murder (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont
Played in the score at Christmas
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Top Laughton performance in excellent thriller
1 July 2002 | by haroldg-2See all my reviews

Charles Laughton stars in director Robert Siodmak's excellent 1944 suspense thriller as a middle-aged shop manager in turn-of-the-century London who's driven to murder his shrewish wife when he falls in love with a beautiful young woman, and is then pursued by both a determined Scotland Yard detective and a blackmailing neighbor.

Laughton gives one of his most subtle, controlled performances as a basically good man who turns murderous when his nagging wife threatens to expose his "friendship" with beautiful Ella Raines. Miss Raines is very appealing as his heart's desire, and looks quite beautiful in the period costumes. Rosalind Ivan, who has a similar role as Edward G. Robinson's emasculating wife in Fritz Lang's 'Scarlet Street,' 1945, is excellent as the nagging wife. And Henry Daniell and Molly Lamont also offer top support as Laughton's no-account neighbor and his abused wife.

An excellent story of murder and blackmail that will appeal to fans of both Hitchcock-like thrillers and the marvelous Charles Laughton.


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