MOVIE MADNESS #156: SUSPICION (1941)

Have you ever wondered what your husband does when he goes to work? Is he telling you the truth? Do you suspect he is up to no good? Those are just some of the things that legendary director Alfred Hitchcock plays with in his 1941 film, “Suspicion”.

Joan Fontaine stars as Lina, a spinster who catches the eye of the very dashing Johnnie Asgarth (Cary Grant). She immediately falls in love with Johnnie and much to the shock of her parents elopes. It is a whirlwind romance that Lina never thought possible. But could it be too good to be true?

After a romantic honeymoon in Monte Carlo, Lina soon realizes there is another side to Johnnie. He is a perpetual liar, a gambler and, well, he is dead broke. What has she gotten herself into? And just how far is Johnnie willing to go to keep his lies a secret and the money coming in?

Hitchcock loves to play with what the mind thinks and what is actually happening. Joan Fontaine’s inexperienced wife is the perfect victim for this kind of ploy. She is beautiful, vulnerable and can faint on cue.

Cary Grant also makes for the perfect seducer, manipulator and mystery man. Grant’s whole career was built on his mystique and that was something Hitchcock loved to play with. Even his personal life was clouded in mystery which is why Grant was possibly Hollywood’s greatest leading man.

Suspicion is often over looked in the Hitchcock canon. Mainly because Hitchcock has so many great films. But what is interesting about is that is a precursor to Hitchcock’s bigger classics. From Vertigo to Psycho to Rear Window, each of those classics probably were partially inspired by this film and how the mind plays tricks on us all.

3.5 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer

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