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The Suspect (1944)

Passed | | Drama, Thriller | May 1945 (UK)
An unhappily married man begins a flirtation with a younger woman. When his wife threatens to ruin her, he decides to take action.

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (screenplay), Arthur T. Horman (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Laughton ... Philip Marshall
Ella Raines ... Mary Gray
Dean Harens ... John
Stanley Ridges ... Huxley (as Stanley C. Ridges)
Henry Daniell ... Gilbert Simmons
Rosalind Ivan ... Cora Marshall
Molly Lamont ... Mrs. Simmons
Raymond Severn ... Merridew
Eve Amber Eve Amber ... Sybil
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Packer
Clifford Brooke Clifford Brooke ... Mr. Packer
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Storyline

In 1902 London, unhappily married Philip Marshall meets young Mary Gray, who is unemployed and depressed. Their deepening friendship, though physically innocent, is discovered by Philip's wife who threatens him with exposure and scandal, driving him to kill her. Thereafter, fortune seems to smile on Philip Marshall; but does fate have a surprise in store? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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His was a strange SECRET! Hers was a strange LOVE!

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le suspect See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 9, 1945 with Charles Laughton, Ella Raines and Rosalind Ivan reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Mary: What is it Philip that you don't ever like to meet anyone?
Philip: Well, a chap my age has the right to a few peculiarities.
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Connections

Referenced in Columbo: How to Dial a Murder (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont
Played in the score at Christmas
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standout bad marriage film
10 February 2005 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

An excellent domestic drama about a middle-aged man (Charles Laughton) who is trapped in an insufferable marriage. Laughton captures all the mannerisms of the situation, with a happy face for the neighbors masking his true torment. The story gets pushed along when he meets a younger woman (Ella Raines) and starts a relationship, which his devious wife (Rosalind Ivan) finds out about, sending him to the point of panic when she threatens him with social and financial ruin. The next door neighbor (Molly Lamont) is also trapped in an absysmal marriage to an alcoholic and abusive husband (Henry Daniell). One wonders why the writers didn't have Laughton and Lamont as the focus, as she's everything his wife isn't, instead of Raines. It would have saved the movie from becoming another police crime story. In any event, the chemistry seems to work pretty well, with Daniell and Ivan each in their own outstanding way supplying enough venom to propel the movie along, and Laughton excellent as a good man pushed into a corner.


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