Well-to-do wallflower Lina McLaidlaw is in love, perhaps in danger. She suspects that Johnnie Aysgarth, the playboy who swept into her life and married her, is a murderer - and that she is his next intended victim.
Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion slyly combines romance, mystery and atmospheric flourishes (like an eerie, glowing glass of milk, an effect achieved with a light bulb inside the glass). Joan Fontaine plays vulnerable, nerve-wracked Lina, following her acclaimed work in Hitchcock's Rebecca with a striking performance that won the Academy Award and New York Film Critics Award as 1941's Best Actress. Playing against type, Cary Grant makes Johnnie an imposing charmer, wastrel and cad. But also a killer? Like the glass that may or may not contain poison, Johnnie's words and deeds may or may not be laced with menace.
Joan Fontaine's fabulous performance as a woman who grows to fear the man she loves anchors this compelling story in which Alfred Hitchcock shows his love for playing with the audience's expectations. Perfectly cast is the dashing Cary Grant, whose lovable and charming persona is on full display while being completely transformed through Hitchcock's eerie camera work and visual innuendo--to the point that the simplest gesture takes on a new and malevolent aspect. SUSPICION lives up to its title's promise, weaving dread and ambiguity into a potent psychological net. Fontaine is the beautiful daughter of a wealthy, landed English family. Grant is the lighthearted and irreverent wastrel who charms Fontaine into elopement and succeeds in introducing the young woman to the pleasures of a more carefree outlook on life. However, as Fontaine discovers the legacy of Grant's carefree ways--his numerous debts and pursuers--she begins to suspect a darker past and must confront the horrible implications this has for her future.
SUSPICION is a genuine Hitchcock classic, featuring Joan Fontaine's Oscar-winning performance as a young wife who fears for her life.
A young woman from a wealthy family falls in love with and marries a man who's handsome, fun-loving...and broke. The new bride's happiness slowly fades as she learns about his financial improprieties. Worse yet, she starts to suspect he might be a murderer too--and she could be his next victim.
Hitchcock cameo: Hitch mails a letter at the village mailbox about halfway through the film.
Hitchcock put a light inside the glass of milk that Cary Grant carries upstairs to focus the audience's attention.
An RKO producer screened the print in Hitchcock's absence and deleted all scenes that suggested Cary Grant might be a killer. The head of RKO realized the 55-minute film was ludicrous and restored the chopped scenes.
The film was remade for television in 1987, starring Jane Curtin and Anthony Andrews.
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