Suspicion

Suspicion

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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Joan Fontaine gives a splendid, Oscar-winning performance in Suspicion, but this 1941 Alfred Hitchcock film falls apart during its much-debated ending. Based on the novel Before the Fact by Francis Iles (pseudonym of Anthony Berkeley) and adapted for the screen by Samson Raphaelson, Joan Harrison (Hitchcock's assistant), and Alma Reville (Hitchcock's wife), Suspicion stars Fontaine as a spinsterish young woman who revolts against her parents by marrying a spendthrift playboy (played perfectly by Cary Grant). As Grant leads their marriage and his own gambling debts into a crisis situation, Fontaine begins to suspect that her beloved husband might be capable of murder -- perhaps even her own. The suspense builds perfectly around the two characters in typical Hitchcock style before running aground in the stunted finish. The final act went through numerous script changes between the director, the writers, and RKO Pictures -- which refused to let Grant be cast as a killer. The result is a hasty conclusion written just prior to shooting that fails to satisfy. Hitchcock's preferred ending had Grant killing Fontaine with poisoned milk, but not before she has him post a letter that implicates him in the crime. Ironically, Hitchcock faced the same studio interference with Ivor Novello's character in 1926's The Lodger, a fight he also lost. The director's cameo has him mailing a letter at the post office about midway through the film.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/1996
UPC:
0053939638936
Original Release:
1941

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Johnnie Aysgarth
Joan Fontaine Lina McLaidlaw
Cedric Hardwicke Gen. McLaidlaw
Nigel Bruce Beaky Thwaite
May Whitty Mrs. McLaidlaw
Isabel Jeans Mrs. Newsham
Heather Angel Ethel the Maid
Reginald Sheffield Reggie Wetherby
Faith Brook Alice Barham
Leonard Carey Jenner, the Butler
Clyde Cook Photographer
Alec Craig Hogart Club Bit
Vernon P. Downing Benson
Rex Evans Mr. Bailey
Edward Fielding Antique Shop Proprietor
Gavin Gordon Bertram Sedbusk
Kenneth Hunter Sir Gerald
Aubrey Mather Mr. Webster
Clara Reid Mrs. Craddock
Isobel Sedbusk Auriol Lee
Reggie Wetherby Reginald Sheffield
Constance Worth Mrs. Fitzpatrick
Maureen Roden-Ryan Winnie, Maid
Pax Walker Phoebe, the Maid
Dorothy Lloyd Miss Wetherby
Leo G. Carroll Capt. Melbeck
Billy Bevan Ticket Taker
Ben Webster Registrar
Lumsden Hare Inspector Hodgson
Hilda Plowright Postmistress
Gertrude W. Hoffman Mrs. Wetherby

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director,Producer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Willaim Hamilton Editor
Joan Harrison Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Samson Raphaelson Screenwriter
Alma Reville Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Dewey Starkey Asst. Director
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
John E. Tribby Sound/Sound Designer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Franz Waxman Score Composer

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