Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Suspicion (1941). Romantic/ psychological /thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine. It also stars Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce, Dame May Whitty, Isabel Jeans and Heather Angel.
Playboy Johnnie Aysgarth, in a whirlwind romance sweeps Lina McLaidlaw, off her feet and convinces her into marrying him, even though her family does not want her to. After their honeymoon, she soon learns that Johnnie was hoping to live off her father. She tells him that he has to get a job and he goes to work for his cousin, estate agent Captain Melbeck .
Lina soon learns that Johnnie has been gambling on the horses and that he has sold her family heirloom chairs. Next, She goes to visit him at work and finds out that he has been fired from his job. Johnnie's best friend Beaky tells her that her husband is a good man, but without much success.
Johnnie convinces Beaky to finance a land development project, Lina tries to talk Beaky out of it. Johnnie overhears and warns his wife to mind her own business, but later he decides to cancel the deal. When Beaky leaves for Paris, Johnnie travels with him. Later, Lina hears Beaky's died in Paris and she begins to suspect Johnnie in his friend's death.
Soon, she begins suspect she is next on her husband's list, so he can collect on her life insurance. Johnnie brings Lina a glass of milk before bed, but she is too afraid to drink it.
She makes up a story about staying with her mother for a few days and Johnnie insists on driving her there. He drives recklessly beside a cliff. Suddenly, Lina's door opens, will she be saved?
If you are a Hitchcock fan I think you will want to see this film. Fontaine's believable performance allows the viewer to really feel her fear. I have read some negative reviews about the surprise ending, but it is worth seeing and deciding for yourself .
Bruce is also remembered for his roles in the Alfred Hitchcock films Rebecca and Suspicion.
During his film career, he worked in 78 movies.