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Suspicion (1941)



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Wealthy, sheltered Joan Fontaine is swept off her feet by charming ne'er-do-well Cary Grant. Though warned that Grant is little more than a fortune-hunter, Fontaine marries him anyway. She remains loyal to her irresponsible husband as he plows his way from one disreputable business scheme to another. Gradually, Fontaine comes to the conclusion that Grant intends to do away with her in order to collect her inheritance...a suspicion confirmed when Grant's likeable business partner Nigel Bruce dies under mysterious circumstances. To his dying day, Hitchcock insisted that he wanted to retain the novelist Francis Iles' original ending, but that the RKO executives intervened. Fontaine won an Academy Award for her work.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Samson Raphaelson, Joan Harrison, Alma Reville
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On DVD: Sep 7, 2004


Joan Fontaine
as Lina McLaidlaw
Cary Grant
as Johnnie Aysgarth
Cedric Hardwicke
as Gen. McLaidlaw
Nigel Bruce
as Beaky Thwait
Dame May Whitty
as Mrs. McLaidlaw
Isabel Jeans
as Mrs. Newsham
Auriol Lee
as Isobel Sedbusk
Reginald Sheffield
as Reggie Weatherby
Leo G Carroll
as Capt. Melbeck
Maureen Roden-Ryan
as Winnie, Maid
Carol Curtis Brown
as Jessie Barham
Constance Worth
as Mrs. Fitzpatrick
Violet Shelton
as Alice Barham
Pax Walker
as Phoebe, the Maid
Leonard Carey
as Jenner, the Butler
Gertrude W. Hoffman
as Mrs. Wetherby
Kenneth Hunter
as Sir Gerald
Clyde Cook
as Photographer
Faith Brook
as Alice Barham
Isobel Sedbusk
as Auriol Lee
Dorothy Lloyd
as Miss Wetherby
Rex Evans
as Mr. Bailey
Reggie Wetherby
as Reginald Sheffield
Edward Fielding
as Antique Shop Proprie...
Hilda Plowright
as Postmistress
Ben Webster
as Registrar
Gavin Gordon
as Bertram Sedbusk
Nondas Metcalf
as Phyllis Swinghurst
Lumsden Hare
as Insp. Hodgson
Clara Reid
as Mrs. Craddock
Billy Bevan
as Ticket Taker
Alec Craig
as Hogart Club Bit
Aubrey Mather
as Mr. Webster
Elsie Weller
as Miss Wetherby
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Critic Reviews for Suspicion

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5)

Alfred Hitchcock's trademarked cinematic development of suspenseful drama, through mental emotions of the story principals, is vividly displayed in Suspicion.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Everyone concedes that this 1941 Hitchcock film is a failure, yet it displays so much artistic seriousness that I find its failure utterly mysterious.

Full Review… | February 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Despite a silly cop-out ending (imposed by RKO), a gripping domestic thriller.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Hitchcock is probably the most artful sophist working for the films -- and anyone who doesn't think so should see Suspicion.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 10, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The Hollywood-style happy ending was imposed on Hitchcock by the studio.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Suspicion


A bookish young woman rashly marries a charming playboy but mounting circumstantial evidence of wrongdoing leads her to fear for her life. In this early project by the master of suspense, Hitchcock takes the formula of the breezy screwball romance and turns it on its head. The early scenes could be from any other romantic comedy from the golden age, but he uses his usual tools of misdirection, doubt and paranoia to slowly build the suspense until the sweet and innocent Joan Fontaine becomes convinced that her new husband is a murderer intent on killing her for her inheritance. There are some classic Hitchcock moments, the highlight being the way he manages to make a glass of milk menacing and it deals with one of his favourite subjects, namely psychology. To a modern viewer, it seems obvious that Johnny is manic depressive. Cedric Hardwicke is on hand to supply some comic relief in his trademark affable old duffer persona and it's all very watchable. It doesn't rank amongst his best however, as Grant is far more comfortable as charming romantic lead than suspected assassin and the conclusion is resolved far too quickly and conveniently making the similar Rebecca a more satisfying experience as a whole.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

One of many pairings between Hitch and Grant. This one sees Cary play against type as a scheming playboy who sweeps Joan Fontaine's wealthy wallflower named Lina off her feet and into an initially nice romantic marriage. However, she soon becomes suspicious and begins to think that her husbands reputation of being a gold digger might be true, which obviously would make her his next target.

The film is rather slow burning, but it's a fairly solid mix of romance, mystery, and suspense. It takes a bit to get into it and really get involved, but once that happens, this is a really enjoyable film. The ending is kinda a mixed bag, but it's a fun ride nonetheless, especially since the film does a great job of towing the line between whether or not Lina's suspicions are true or not.

Add in some great production vlaues and special effects, and you've got yourself a winning film. I might be slightly inflating my grade on this one, but even then, this is still a strong movie that you should make a point to check out.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Quite a disappointment for me, one of Hitchcock's worst films. I just felt it bumbled along and I didn't really get the suspicion. It didn't rub off on me enough so I didn't really care what happened.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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