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Cary Grant as Johnnie
Alfred Hitchcock as Man Mailing Letter
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Reviewed by Red-125 8 / 10

A pretty good Hitchcock that hasn't aged as well as some of his classics

Suspicion (1941) was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It stars Cary Grant as Johnnie, Joan Fontaine as his wife Linda, and Nigel Bruce as Johnnie's friend Beaky.

Hitchcock was a genius, Grant was incredibly handsome, and Fontaine was very beautiful. The sets appear primitive to us, but we can't forget that the film was made more than 75 years ago.

The fact that a woman like Linda would love a liar and ne'er-do-well like Johnnie may have made more sense in 1941 than it does now. Still, she was naive and he was handsome and personable. The ending of the film is a cop-out, but the first 75% was successful.

We saw this movie on the small screen, where it worked well. This isn't a movie that you must see, but if you like Hitchcock and you like good acting, it's worth finding and seeing.

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 7 / 10

Fatally flawed!

Copyright 14 November 1941 by RKO-Radio. New York opening at the Radio City Music Hall: 20 November 1941. U.S. release: 14 November 1941. Australian release: 31 December 1941. 9,135 feet. 101½ minutes.

SYNOPSIS: Cad marries heiress. Cad tries to murder heiress. Does he?

NOTES: The prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Annual Award for Best Actress went to Joan Fontaine. Also nominated for Best Picture (defeated by "How Green Was My Valley"); Music Scoring of a Dramatic Picture (lost to Bernard Herrmann's "All That Money Can Buy").

"Suspicion" was number 8 on The Film Daily's annual poll of U.S. film critics. (Mrs. Miniver was first, followed by How Green Was My Valley, King's Row, Wake Island, The Pride of the Yankees, The Man Who Came To Dinner, and One Foot In Heaven).

The New York Film Critics voted Joan Fontaine's the Best Feminine Performance of 1941.

To win her Best Actress honor, Joan Fontaine defeated her sister, Olivia de Havilland (Hold Back the Dawn), as well as Bette Davis (The Little Foxes), Greer Garson (Blossoms in the Dust), and Barbara Stanwyck (Ball of Fire).

"Francis Iles" is the pseudonym of Anthony Berkeley Cox (1893-1970), who also wrote under the name, Anthony Berkeley. "Before the Fact" is generally regarded as his masterpiece. It's a great shame it was not brought intact to the screen, but ruined by a spurious ending.

COMMENT: Did Joan Fontaine deserve her coveted award for "Suspicion"? Was she given the award because voters felt she had been unjustly edged out by Ginger Rogers' "Kitty Foyle" the previous year when she should have won for "Rebecca"? There's no question that "Rebecca" is the superior film in all respects. "Rebecca" is one of the finest movies of the forties. "Suspicion" is a cheap cheat.

Oh, "Suspicion" is well made all right. Beautifully made in fact. The camera-work dazzles, Hitchcock pulls out all stops and the cast is a wonderful who's who of British character players. Ninety-nine percent of "Suspicion" is an absolute delight. It's unfortunate that all the atmosphere, all the suspense that has been so carefully built up, is ruined by the ending. As Hitchcock himself says: "I'm not too pleased with the way Suspicion ends. I had something else in mind. The scene I wanted, but it was never shot, was for Cary Grant to bring her a glass of milk that's been poisoned and Joan Fontaine has just finished a letter to her mother: 'Dear Mother, I'm desperately in love with him, but I don't want to live because he's a killer. Though I'd rather die, I think society should be protected from him'. Then, Cary Grant comes in with the fatal glass and she says, 'Will you mail this letter to Mother for me, dear?' She drinks the milk and dies. Fade out and fade in on one short shot: Cary Grant, whistling cheerfully, walks over to the mail¬box and pops the letter in."

"Suspicion" is a fatally flawed film whichever way you look at it. My advice is to walk out just before the end. That way you can really enjoy it. And there is a lot to enjoy: Grant perfectly cast as the hollowly charming Johnnie, Fontaine (if you accept her performance at surface level) sympathetically effective, Hardwicke, Bruce and Witty contributing their usual, solidly entertaining character studies; Stradling's moodily attractive lighting; Hitchcock's tingling, suspenseful direction.

Reviewed by calvinnme 9 / 10

Sometimes father DOES know best!

Lina McLaidlaw, dowdy and seemingly headed for spinsterhood, although played by the beautiful Joan Fontaine, gets teased and oddly pursued by charming Johnnie Aysgarth. He calls her monkey-face, yet is attracted to her. She feels a reciprocal attraction. Their attraction grows, and they elope one night because Lina knows her father does not approve of Johnnie.

The two go on a European honeymoon with Johnnie pulling out all of the stops and come home to a large household with servants. It is then, after the honeymoon that Lina discovers Johnnie has no money of his own. He simply borrows from all of his friends in a round robin fashion and even has designs on borrowing from her father! Since Lina's small allowance will never pay for all of this she insists that Johnnie go to work. He does so, getting a job from his cousin Captain Melbeck helping him manage his estates. But then things start to happen - Lina finds out that Johnnie has pawned the two chairs her parents gave her as a wedding present, and worst of all she finds out from Captain Melbeck that Johnnie was dismissed six weeks before when he was found to have embezzled two thousand pounds, although he will not prosecute if he returns the money. All of this time he has pretended to go to work every morning.

So she is definitely married to a liar and a thief who is lazy about everything but in covering up his sins to Lina. So Johnnie does not know she knows about the embezzlement and when asked about being fired he says that he and Melbeck just did not get along.

At this point Hitchcock begins toying with the viewers' expectations. We think we are watching the action unfold in the way typical of most Hollywood films, where the viewer follows what the camera captures and assumes that the story is being presented in a strictly objective way. But in Suspicion we are watching the action from Lina's point of view, in other words from a very subjective POV. And we assume that Lina is the more mature, stable character in the film. But we then begin to see just how unstable she is as she interprets every event to be an indication of Johnny's criminal nature as her suspicion grows to paranoia. And let me tell you, Grant's acting is top notch as he is loving and playful one minute, and menacing the next. Just the way he walks up a flight of stairs with a glass of milk is frightening. His demeanor completely cooperates with Lina's imagination.

I'll let you watch and see what is actually going on.

As I was watching this I noticed something else. This film could actually be "The Heiress" (1949) in a parallel universe. If Olivia De Havilland's Catherine HAD married Montgomery Clift's Morris, if Dr. Sloper had lived awhile longer than he had, if he had given his daughter a tiny inheritance instead of a large one as she was expecting, I can see the exact same scenario playing out in a different place and a different time. And oddly both sisters won Best Actress Oscars for their respective portrayals! Also oddly Cary Grant wasn't even nominated when the strength of "Suspicion" rests on him being whatever he needs to be in any given situation on the surface, but with you never really knowing how those wheels are turning in his head until the last.

Highly recommended.

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