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TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers (Suspicion / Strangers on a Train / The Wrong Man / I Confess)

Farley Granger , Robert Walker , Alfred Hitchcock    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Repeated viewings can't dispel the shock of the final scene in this classic 1941 romantic mystery--a brief but disorienting confrontation that suddenly inverts the heroine's mounting conviction that she's married a murderer, forcing us to reconsider virtually every scene and line of dialogue that's preceded it. It's a masterful coup de grace for director Alfred Hitchcock, who has built a puzzle around the corrosive power of suspicion, threaded with deft ambiguities that toy with dramatic conventions and character archetypes in nearly every frame.

As embodied by Joan Fontaine, who nabbed an Oscar in this second outing with the director, Lina McLaidlaw is a buttoned-up, bookish heiress whose prim exterior conceals longings for a more engaged emotional life. Her solution materializes in the darkly handsome Johnnie Aysgarth, a gambler, womanizer, and spendthrift who flirts, then pursues, and soon marries her. As Aysgarth, Cary Grant is both irresistible and sinister, capable of deceit and petty theft, as well as grander designs on his bride's impending fortune. Lina's passion for Johnnie is clouded by each new revelation about his apparent dishonesty, from clandestine gambling to real estate development schemes; more troubling are clues implicating him in the death of his best friend, and the prospect that Johnnie may be slowly poisoning Lina herself. By the time we see him ascending a darkened staircase with a suspicious glass of milk, an image made all the more indelible through the spectral glow the director captures in the glass, the evidence seems damning indeed.

In fact, even as Hitchcock stacks the deck against Johnnie, and takes full advantage of Grant's skill at conveying such menace, the director also dots his landscape with visual clues to Lina's own neurotic (and erotic) obsessions. The final scene forces us to reevaluate her behavior while leaving enough of a cloud over Johnnie to rob him, and us, of a complete exoneration. It's a wicked, unsettling payoff to a brilliantly executed thriller. --Sam Sutherland

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE CLASSIC HITCHCOCK Feb. 28 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I received this DVD within a few days. If you are a Hitchcock fan then this is a great way to add to you collection. It's much cheaper to buy all four together. I knew these movies already but wanted them in my collection. I have already watched all four and love them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Montgomery Clift in a lesser-known role July 18 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you are a Montgomery Clift fan, you will enjoy "I Confess". I love Quebec City, so the choice of location is an interesting bonus for me. Montgomery Clift is very believable as a priest and the romantic background that sets the plot in motion is well-played by both Clift and his leading lady, Anne Baxter. The very well-known stars in each of the other pictures in this 4 movie set remind me of how large a presence Alfred Hitchcock was in the movies back then. TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers (Suspicion / Strangers on a Train / The Wrong Man / I Confess)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film! March 31 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Suspicion has all of the qualities of a great film, and then some. It's romantic, mysterious, and with much suspence throughout the whole film. Cary Grant is charming and debonior in the role, and Joan Fontaine is shy and beautiful. It's a very entertaining and intriguing film, entirely believable. It's amazing and suprising in how it ends. It's a film well worth seeing anytime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better but still good... Aug. 19 2002
By ehakus
Format:VHS Tape
Suspicion is a great film, as are most Alfred Hitchcock films. It features two talented classic stars, Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine, and is very suspenseful and chilling. Although this film could have been much better had the ending been different, it is still quite good as it is, especially because of Grant's amazing (but much ignored) performance as Johnny.
Essentially, Suspicion is the story of a bookish, shy English girl (Joan Fontaine) who falls in love with a charming but irresponsible man named Johnny (Cary Grant). As the film progresses, the audience begins to suspect Johnny of more than simply gambling and being irresponsible, which raises the question - are the suspicions justified or is "Monkey Face" (what Johnny calls his wife) just being paranoid?
The film progresses, building to a seemingly unforgettable conclusion - but then suddenly, and very unconvincingly, Johnny is vindicated! In my opinion, this ending, while still making Suspicion a great film and enjoyable to watch, really detracts from the overall effect. I feel that Hitchcock's original ending, in which Johnny gives his wife the poisoned milk, she drinks it, but writes a letter beforehand saying that she knew he was going to murder her, would have been far more effective. Sadly, however, because of Grant's matinee-idol appeal, the studio did not allow Hitchcock to cast him as a murderer (they feared it would hurt his popularity).
Anyhow, even though it is frustrating that Grant was so constrained by the studios and by his own persona, Suspicion is still a good film as it is, and is totally worth seeing!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Please enter a title for your review: July 31 2002
Format:VHS Tape
First off let me warn you that the colourised version of this movie is SO BAD. If you buy it make sure you get the black and white version. The colourised one looks like someone... a five year old child... took paint and slapped it all over the film. It's awful.
Second of all let me warn you that this is NOT one of the best Hitchcock films. I find it really aggravating at moments, because Cary Grant's character drives me looney with his incessant fibbing and calling Lina "monkeyface". I did like the hairdo he gave her. Overall his acting is annoying here. In his other three Hitchcock films - Notorious, North by Northwest, and To Catch a Thief - he was much better. Joan Fontaine is basically the same character as she played in Rebecca, except that here it is rather tiring to watch her simper and swoon and be all sentimental over her man... In Rebecca I felt the role called for all that naive schoolgirl stuff. Here it isn't right. Ingrid Bergman could have done wonders for this movie...
I can say some positive things too, however. The costumes were lovely - what I could see of them under the sloppy colourisation. The story itself was quite good as well, except of course the controversial ending... which personally I felt was just one last lie from Cary and that he did kill her after they got home. Far too abrupt, whatever it was supposed to mean. The guy who played Beaky was one of the best characters - at least I didn't feel like he was acting. The murder mystery writer lady was good in her part, and her mortician brother was as well.
It would have been nice to have a bit more development with the characters. In most every other Hitchcock film, you know what they think and how they feel... here I was never sure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Weakest Hitchcock ever Dec 26 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Taken as a flat 40's thriller, this ranks pretty well. Next to Hitchcock's other works, it's pretty mundane. There is good dialog, Fontaine's growing suspicion that her husband might be a murderer can be interesting at times, and Grant makes it watchable in really one of his best performances (if he'd been lousy in it, it would not have been watchable). I think Fontaine's Oscar was partially for Rebecca, the film she lost for the year before, because she is pretty unremarkable in this. But she had little to work with either. I wouldn't recommend avoiding this, but just go in without the expectation that Hitchcock was involved, and you won't be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's 2 dvd discs... not 4...
I was a little disappointed to find that this set is actually 2 double-sided DVD's (2 films on each disc), even though the amazon.ca product descriptions says it is 4 discs. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop Complaining! Just Watch the Movie!
"Suspicion" is one more classic Alfred Hitchcock film. Like many, it too is filmed in murky but beautiful black and white. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by Mcgivern Owen L
4.0 out of 5 stars A Suspicion that this Could Have Been More Memorable
There are no directors better than Alfred Hitchcock in setting a mood of menace or a string of clues that point to some truly climactic ending. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003 by Martin Asiner
4.0 out of 5 stars Slight thriller with star power
Cary Grant (Johnnie Aysgarth) was 37 when this was released and perhaps at the pinnacle of his sexual charm (but not at the pinnacle of his career by a long shot); and Joan... Read more
Published on April 10 2003 by Dennis Littrell
5.0 out of 5 stars A HITCHCOCK MASTERPIECE
Turner Classics/RKO Pictures:
It's been 6 long years since the advent of the DVD format and you have still not released this classic on DVD. PLEASE DO SO ASAP. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2003 by ARCHIBALD ALEXANDER LEACH
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy it over and over again!
Cary Grant stars as Johnny, a well-bred, but penniless English playboy, who meets, woos, quickly weds ugly-duckling hieress Lina (played by Joan Fontaine). Read more
Published on Dec 30 2002 by Kona
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid!
This is a splendid Hitchcock film. This film has great acting and tension. I am happy to say that this movie won Best Actress (Joan Fontaine) in 1941. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Hitchcock . . . Untill The End
Hitchcock originally wanted to end this movie MUCH differently. Unfortunatly the ending that he had in mind involved Cary Grant being a murderer and the studio didn't like that and... Read more
Published on June 15 2001
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