Unsuspected

The Unsuspected

Director: Michael Curtiz

Cast: Joan Caulfield, Claude Rains, Audrey Totter

     
 
Director Michael Curtiz masterfully tells the fictional story of radio host Alexander Grandison (Claude Rains) as derived from a novel by Charlotte Armstrong. Grandison spookily recites murder mysteries on his radio show, with intimate and excruciating details. The reason he's so good and popular is that some of the murders he presents really are his own. He kills one

Overview

Director Michael Curtiz masterfully tells the fictional story of radio host Alexander Grandison (Claude Rains) as derived from a novel by Charlotte Armstrong. Grandison spookily recites murder mysteries on his radio show, with intimate and excruciating details. The reason he's so good and popular is that some of the murders he presents really are his own. He kills one of his female workers, but her fiancée, Steven Francis Howard (Michael North), threatens to take revenge for her death. Howard tries to convince Grandison's niece, Matilda Frazier (Joan Caulfield), that he is her long-lost husband. Much mystery and intrigue follows. ~ Michael Betzold

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Poor Joan Caulfield, whom Warner Bros. had borrowed from Paramount, is all at sea playing the mystery woman in The Unsuspected, a pale imitation of Laura (1944). A cast of suspicious characters is once again admiring a portrait of a beautiful dead woman only to have the subject of the painting create havoc by returning very much alive. Like Gene Tierney before her, Caulfield cannot possibly live up to the intriguing buildup, but, unlike Tierney, she doesn't have Clifton Webb to make things interesting and is saddled with Claude Rains in one of his hammiest moods. And while Laura at least survived with some dignity from her ordeal, Joan's Matilda is soundly battered by such scene-stealers as Audrey Totter and, especially,Constance Bennett, who, in describing the venal Miss Totter remarks: "They should take her out more often and beat her like a rug." It is of course a professionally produced, directed, and performed melodrama that the brothers Warner present, but Charlotte Armstrong's original story, serialized in the Saturday Evening Post in 1945, does not exactly bear close scrutiny. Although receiving introduction billing, leading man Michael North had actually appeared in films for at least seven years under the moniker of Ted North.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/2009
UPC:
0883316118931
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
28,004

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Caulfield Matilda Frazier
Claude Rains Alexander Grandison
Audrey Totter Althea Keane
Constance Bennett Jane Moynihan
Fred Clark Richard Donovan
Hurd Hatfield Oliver Keane
Ted North Steven Francis Howard
Harry Lewis Max
Jack Lambert Mr. Press
Ray Walker Donovan's Assistant
Nana Bryant Mrs. White
Walter S. Baldwin Justice of the Peace
George Eldredge Actor
Rory Mallinson Actor
Lucille Vance Frizzy-haired Woman
Richard "Hock" Walsh Actor
Douglas Kennedy Bill
Ross Ford Irving
David Leonard Dr. Edelman
Cecil Stewart Al, the Piano Player
Faith Kruger Woman
Bunty Cutler Woman
George Meader Fritz
Bob Alden Messenger
Ray Montgomery Reporter
Ed Parks Waiter
Eleanor Counts Bride
Allan Ray Groom
Jean Andren Mother of the Bride
Hal Craig Policeman
Jack Cheatham Policeman
Joleen King Maid
Harriet Matthews Mannish Woman
Martha Crawford Guest
Wendy Lee Guest
Barbara Woodell Roslyn
Arthur Gilmore Announcer

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director,Producer
George J. Amy Associate Producer
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Barndollar Special Effects
Elwood Bredell Cinematographer
Everett A. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Burks Special Effects
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Anton Grot Art Director
Charles Hoffman Producer
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
Bess Meredyth Screenwriter
Frederick Richards Editor
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Perc Westmore Makeup
Howard Winterbottom Set Decoration/Design

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