After a lavish honeymoon and returning to an extravagant house, Lina discovers that Johnnie has no job and no income, habitually lives on borrowed money, and was intending to try to sponge off her father. Seeing the word, Lina imagines the cliffs Johnny and Beaky told her they will inspect for a real estate venture the next morning, and faints. It is here where the film's billing as a psychological thriller really pays off as the mental build-up in conjunction with that finale is incredible. Based on Release Date: Not Yet Rated 1 hr 39 min Plot Summary Charming scoundrel Johnnie Aysgarth Cary Grant woos wealthy but plain Lina McLaidlaw Joan Fontaine , who runs away with him despite the warnings of her disapproving father Cedric Hardwicke. Johnnie Aysgarth: Oh, now, not at this hour of the morning.
The final ending used for the film has Lina being wrong about Johnnie, with him admitting that he was going to use that poison on himself rather than go to prison for embezzlement. Fade out and fade in on one short shot: Cary Grant, whistling cheerfully, walks over to the mailbox and pops the letter in. Gradually, Lina learns that Johnnie has continued to gamble wildly, despite promising to quit, and that to pay a gambling debt, he sold two antique chairs family heirlooms that her father had given her as a wedding present. You're the first woman I've ever met who said yes when she meant yes. Johnnie bringing her milk, after learning of an undetectable and pain free poison found in every home, is filled with suspense. Only after the continental honeymoon does Lina begin to doubt her husband, as she discovers the depth of his poverty, his habitual gambling and his casual acquaintance with the truth. Suspicion was shot by Harry Stradling Jr.
Eventually she suspects that she, too, may be at risk, as Johnnie's constant need for money prompts a covert inquiry to their insurance company about the policy on Lina's life. That, I think, is what makes it effective. Isobel Sedbusk: Well, from a moral standpoint there's no question at all. Johnnie Aysgarth: Did you see him jump? Well, what do you say to that? It would've been extremely discourteous for me to bring the subject up. Sex is not made an issue, and only alluded to in a conversation where Johnnie jokes about having kissed dozens of women before meeting Lina. The 1988 remake stars and.
In the end, when Johnny turns out, for all his faults, to be no murderer, the film version becomes a cautionary tale about the dangers of suspicion based only on assumed, incomplete, and circumstantial evidence. When she shrinks from him, he stops the car. Photographer: I wonder if I could have just a little bit more of your smile? At the end of the film, Johnnie is driving his wife at breakneck speed to her mother's house. Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth: I did. When Beaky leaves for , Johnnie accompanies him partway. Deceitful and untrustworthy, Johnnie falls quickly into love with the rich Lina. Rapidly approaching old maidenhood, Lina escapes her oppressive home by marrying Johnnie, even though she's been warned that he's a fortune hunter and an incorrigible playboy.
Soon, Johnnie is courting Lina, and, although she is rather flustered by him - he's like no-one she ever met - she agrees to marry him, rather to the disapproval of her stern parents. Among the actresses Fontaine defeated for her Oscar was her sister, Olivia de Havilland, who had received a nomination for Hold Back the Dawn. By placing a lightbulb in the milk, the filmmakers made the contents appear to glow as the glass is carried upstairs by Johnnie, further enhancing the audience's fear that it is poisoned. The book ends with Johnnie apparently getting away with it. Anyway, if my father saw me come in both late and beautiful, he might have a stroke. Hitchcok was a master bulding tension and handling it up and this movie shows it, all the way but the last 20 minutes allow only two outcomes and it was kind of predictable and at the same time a little dissapointing not because it A lot of people will say I'm crazy but I hated the ending. It's all true, every word he isn't saying.
Today, though, 75 years after Suspicion's initial release, it is Grant's embodiment of the mercurial—and possibly murderous—Johnnie that energizes Suspicion from its opening frame to its final resolution. Several scenes in the film create suspense and sow doubt as to Johnnie's intentions: Beaky's death in Paris is due to an allergy to brandy, which Johnnie knew about. Although the film opened in New York in November 1941, it did not play in Los Angeles until January 1942. Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth: Well, what I want to know is this. He was in at the time of Beaky's death, trying to borrow on Lina's life insurance policy to repay Melbeck.
Suspicion was a critical and commercial success. And famous scenes like the extended shot of Johnnie ascending the stairs with a dubious glass of milk have acquired a new intensity. Probably for just that reason, it's also one of his most memorable. Fitzpatrick is a signature occurrence in most of his films. She defines paranoia and fear as she quickly puts together the pieces of the puzzle that merely reinforce her mistrust of her husband.
Yes, Johnnie Cary Grant was creepy and a liar, but I needed a pay-off. Joan Fontaine's performance is truly exceptional, and earned her an Oscar award for Best Actress; Cary Grant, much more ambiguous than usual, is no less brilliant. Lina's door unexpectedly swings open. Opinions vary over the degree to which either side won or lost, but the character of Johnnie Aysgarth remains one of Grant's most disturbing screen portrayals. After this, Johnnie enters the room and shows her a telegram announcing her father's death. Suspicion illustrates how a novel's plot can be so much altered in the transition to film as to reverse the author's original intention. You can't expect me to remember every detail about everybody, can you? New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982.
I had something else in mind. Anyone can lay his hands on it, and within a minute after taking, the victim's beautifully out of the way. Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth: What's wrong with my hair? Yes, Johnnie Cary Grant was creepy and a liar, but I needed a pay-off. The text of this screenplay can be found in the 's edition of West's collected works. This is the only Oscar-winning performance in a Hitchcock film.
As they drive on an open road by a cliff, the tension and suspense of the moment is honestly overwhelming and leaves you clutching the seat to see what will happen next. During a key scene where Johnnie enlivens a dinner party with a cheerful discussion of how to commit a successful murder, it's impossible to tell. Cary Grant plays penniless society wastrel Johnnie Aysgarth, who cynically romances Lina McLaidlaw Joan Fontaine , the sheltered daughter of wealthy parents. Nevertheless, it was a really good film. Eventually, it was decided to cast Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine. Johnnie lies to her and an investigating police inspector, saying that he Johnnie stayed in. Other sources claim that studio memos show Hitchcock was on board from the start with making a movie about a woman's imagination rather than the dark ending of the book.