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Suspicion
     

Suspicion

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

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

 

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Film fans can take a fresh look at Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion with this disc from Warner Bros. The film is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the

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Film fans can take a fresh look at Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion with this disc from Warner Bros. The film is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer and a making-of documentary. This is a fine release that is also available as part of the nine disc Alfred Hitchcock: The Signature Collection.

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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:
09/07/2004
UPC:
0053939658323
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
8,865

Special Features

Closed Caption; New making-of documentary "Before the Fact: Suspicious Hitchcock"; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [:57]
2. Strangers on a Train [2:30]
3. Up Each Other's Alley [3:23]
4. What's Wrong With Lina [4:05]
5. Her Appointment [2:16]
6. Saved By the Ball [3:53]
7. Love Not As Expected [4:08]
8. See the General Jump [3:23]
9. Newlyweds [3:57]
10. Let's Be Practical [3:55]
11. Wedding Present [3:28]
12. Beaky; Missing Chairs [4:31]
13. Red Letter Day [4:19]
14. Not Good for Beaky [2:01]
15. Missing Money [3:05]
16. Tearing Her Apart [2:05]
17. You Win, Old Boy [1:35]
18. Not Lina's Business [6:02]
19. Murder Spelled Out [2:41]
20. Trip to Tangmere [2:35]
21. Lifesaver [3:35]
22. Englishman Found Dead [4:55]
23. Johnnie's Whereabouts [3:52]
24. Just As in Books [4:25]
25. Event of Her Death [3:16]
26. Look of a Murderer? [3:08]
27. The Way She Feels [2:11]
28. Glass of Milk [3:55]
29. Cliffside Drive [2:31]
30. Turnaround [2:03]
31. Cast List [:32]

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Suspicion 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cary Grant stars as an irresponsible playboy. He manages to marry a moderately well-off English girl - (Joan Fontaine) - who her parents feared would always be a spinster. Grant's constant money troubles make his bride suspect he's planning to murder her. Is he?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine fan, I found this movie exceptionally enjoyable. The two have an unmistakable chemistry together, while Hitchcock again draws you in, and then surprises us all with a very satisfying ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was an okay hitchcock. not his best, but still filled with intrigue
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film stars Cary Grant as suave, spendthrift playboy Johnnie Aysgarth. He woos and marries wealthy Lina McLaidlaw (Joan Fontaine). Lina then begins to think she's wed a murderer, when Johnnie's cloudy past begins to slowly creep into the present. Now she starts to wonder if there are ulterior motives in everything her handsome husband says and does. Another fine film from director Alfred Hitchcock featuring wonderful performances from all and a beautiful setting.