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4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better but still good...
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...
Published on Aug. 19 2002 by ehakus

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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 forced Hitchcock to find a new ending.
Originally he was to poison his wife with a glass of milk and although she knew of his plans, she drinks the milk anyway. But see, theres a twist...
Published on June 15 2001


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4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better but still good..., Aug. 19 2002
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ehakus (New York, NY United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Suspicion (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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!, March 31 2003
This review is from: Suspicion (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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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE CLASSIC HITCHCOCK, Feb. 28 2012
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This review is from: TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers (Suspicion / Strangers on a Train / The Wrong Man / I Confess) (DVD)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Montgomery Clift in a lesser-known role, July 18 2011
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Judith Cook (Alberta, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers (Suspicion / Strangers on a Train / The Wrong Man / I Confess) (DVD)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Stop Complaining! Just Watch the Movie!, Jan. 17 2004
This review is from: Suspicion (VHS Tape)
"Suspicion" is one more classic Alfred Hitchcock film. Like many, it too is filmed in murky but beautiful black and white. The key character is Cary Grant, who worked with the great director so often. Grant plays the role of a lying, scheming, swindling, cheating and thoroughly unlikable fellow. He marries a young but wealthy ingenue, Joan Fontaine. He is patently and without remorse after her inheritance. Fontaine quickly realizes the type of jerk she has married. She even starts to suspect that Grant is out to kill her! The plot further thickens when Grant's buddy, actor Nigel Bruce, dies suddenly on a business trip with Grant. We wait for one of those English detectives that Hitchcock casts so well to haul Grant off to jail. And then? Then there is that famous car ride that ends the movie so abruptly and has given other reviewers fits. It is all too true that "Suspicion" ends quickly with no clear-cut resolution. We are left with no clue if the couple divorced, lived happily ever after or if Grant finally got tossed in a British cooler. The abrupt and unresolved ending is similar to "Notorious". This reviewer has no problems with murky endings. Why not appreciate them "as is"? Some interesting sidebars: 1)"Suspicion" was filmed with an entirely British cast on a Hollywood lot, nowhere close to the English seashore.2) Grant was said to be furious at the Director because Hitchcock allegedly was very patient with Fontaine but hassled him during production. 3) Ms Fontaine won a 1941
Best Actress Oscar for her role, making her the ONLY actor/actress to be so recognized for a Hithcock film. The recommendation from this reviewer is to enjoy "Suspicion" for what it is-an above average suspense film with perhaps a hole or two in it. Viewers should ignore the fact that Grant and Hitchcock have done better work elsewhere. They might also ignore the fact that RKO Pictures changed the "original" ending. That scarcely makes Hollywood history. Why not just calm down and watch the movie? "Suspicion" should stand alone on its' own merits.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Suspicion that this Could Have Been More Memorable, Dec 7 2003
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Martin Asiner (jersey city, nj United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Suspicion (VHS Tape)
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. In SUSPICION, Hitchcock presents a view of good guy Cary Crant as a leering, lying, cad who may be guilty of even worse criminal behavior.
Grant is Johnnie, who opens as the Cary Grant his fans have always known: suave, handsome, dashing. Joan Fontaine is Lina, a rather bookish frump who nevertheless catches Johnnie's eye. Early on, Johnnie's interest in Lina is at least partly based on her family fortune. When the audience sees Grant going against type by playing the caddish Johnnie, they can see that behind the smiling eyes and suave grin lay a twist that no one would have believed. Director Hitchcock slowly builds up the character of Johnnie by innuendo. At each step of the way, Lina hears and sees the implied charges, but she always tries to find a rational answer that does not point toward what the audience sees as the inevitable truth. Nigel Bruce as Beaky, a childhood chum of Johnnie's, supplies the same innocent charm that he displayed earlier as Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes series. Here as Beaky, Bruce reinforces the twin nature of Johnnie: that is one must accept his negative side if one is to as readily accept his positive. With each revelation, first from Beaky, then from Johnnie's employer (Leo G. Carroll), the mounting evidence accrues to convince Lina that her husband is guilty of a series of crimes ranging from theft, to deception, to murder. The famous scene in which Johnnie brings Lina a glass of glowing milk indelibly etches in the audience's collective mind the conviction that Johnnie is indeed the creep that he appears to be.
Unfortunately, Hitchcock could not allow the reputation of Cary Grant to be tarnished by ending the movie on the affirmation of a guilt that he had spent the better part of two hours so carefully constructing. The turn about of the closing scene leaves the viewer gasping in disbelief. Even if that viewer accepts the glib explanation of Johnnie of his true motivation, then this acceptance still leaves him as the same cad he was at the start of the film. Still, Joan Fontaine as Lina managed to snare an Oscar for best actress. SUSPICION is the kind of quality film that except for the last minute manages to engage the viewer in a race against time during which one woman must balance her feelings against mounting suspicions against a man whose charm is source both of her love and her deepest fears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy it over and over again!, Dec 30 2002
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This review is from: Suspicion (VHS Tape)
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). Soon after the honeymoon, Lina discovers that Johnny is a financial scoundrel. His old schoolchum, the wealthy and bumbling Binky, goes into business with Johnny, but Lina suspects Johnny may be planning Binky's (and her own) murder! Time and again, Johnny appears menacing and manipulative, only to be exonerated in the happy ending.
Director Alfred Hitchcok spent 90 minutes showing Johnny as an evil, plotting killer, but was forced to alter the obvious ending (and change it to one that makes no sense at all). If the film were made today, Johnny would have stayed the insane maniac, and it would have been a better film. Making Johnny a hero at the end is confusing and pointless, unless you like happy endings at any cost.
In any event, Cary Grant is lovely as the suave charmer who drives all the ladies wild. Joan Fontaine is perfect as the doudy spinster he chooses for his scam/love-interest(?). There are many thrilling moments where it appears Johnny is methodically plotting his bride's murder. Fontaine's vulnerability and neediness reflect the audience's desire to believe in his honesty. It's a wonderful film you can enjoy over and over again, thanks to the two talented stars and the delightfully intense script.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Hitchcock . . . Untill The End, June 15 2001
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This review is from: Suspicion (VHS Tape)
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 forced Hitchcock to find a new ending.
Originally he was to poison his wife with a glass of milk and although she knew of his plans, she drinks the milk anyway. But see, theres a twist. Before she drinks it she writes to her mother telling he that he is planning to kill her and that she is going to let him. Anyway she would give him the letter and tell him to mail it. That would be the last thing you see. Him mailing the letter that convicts him.
But alas, this was not to be. Instead they made an entirely new ending involving Grant being suicidal and her just being paranoid. It is an ending that ends abruptly and doesn't work with the rest of the movie, which is great.
Seriously the rest of the movie is wonderful. It's worth veiwing because of the rest of it. So check it out anyway but the ending does fall short.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock keeps you guessing again!, Aug. 7 2000
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Brian Reaves (Anniston, AL USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Suspicion (VHS Tape)
Like his other great films that relied on the last few minutes of the movie to resolve the great mystery throughout (like Psycho), this one keeps you guessing until the end. As a matter of fact, it's one of those movies that you have to watch again just to catch all the clues you missed throughout. From the first time we meet Grant's character, we see a taste of things to come from him. He's irresponsible with money, which leads him to make some bad decisions - yet Fontaine's character loves him anyway. Then things take a turn for the worst, and he finds himself deeply in debt and the world crashing down on him. His only solution: insurance money...money that can only be collected by his wife's death - but would he go that far? Or worse yet: has he murdered already? This movie keeps you guessing until the last minutes of it. While I agree that the ending comes rather too abruptly and you feel slightly robbed by the quick resolution of it all, it's still a great Hitchcock film (weren't they all though?) and deserves to easily head into the top 10 of all of his efforts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars AN OSCAR FOR FONTAINE., Jan. 16 2000
This review is from: Suspicion (VHS Tape)
In a beautiful performance, Fontaine plays the daughter of a wealthy English family who is charmed by a ne're-do-well wastrel; she is captivating in her playing. Cary Grant was well-suited for his role as Johnny, but I felt the melodramatics toward the end were rather banal and obvious; surely there could have been a more satisfying ending - could there not? Hitchcock is seen in his token cameo halfway thru the film - mailing a letter in a village mailbox.........Hitchcock's suspense thriller is about a woman who gradually realises she may be married to a killer (and may be next on his list). An excellent production unravels at the end due to RKO's insistence that Grant retain his "attractive" image. This forced the writers to opt for the usual dull (and rather infuriating) moral ending. Nigel Bruce received kudos for his playing of Johnny's friend "Beaky" and there are more than a few similarities in Fontaine's character which seem borrowed from REBECCA. Intriguing and finely played, the movie's end is an unfortunate let-down to some while others feel that it's fitting. As a trivia footnote to those who are interested -
it's fairly common knowledge among movie buffs that Hitchcock actually planted an incandescent light inside that "fatal" glass of milk which Grant so dramatically carries upstairs.....It could be said that the AA Fontaine won for this film cemented the practically life-long feud between she and her sister Olivia de Havilland; Olivia supposedly was jealous of his little sister winning an Oscar before she did - to say nothing of getting married first!
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