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In an interview Joan Fontaine did with the BBC, she expressed surprise that she’d won an Oscar for her performance in this film. She figured if she hadn’t won for Rebecca, there’s no way she would get a best actress Oscar for SuspicionRebecca is definitely the better film and inspired a more Oscar-worthy performance. (Honestly, I can’t believe Bette Davis didn’t win for The Little Foxes!)
Suspicion is fun but really isn’t a great movie, but I watch it when it’s on because I do like Joan Fontaine in it and Cary Grant excels in one of the least sympathetic roles (if not the least sympathetic role) of his career. I enjoy the cardboard “Merry Old England” village set and, as you’d expect, Alfred Hitchcock does a fine job of keeping his audience on the suspense roller coaster. The only real problem I have with the film is the unsatisfactory ending, which was changed at the behest of the studio to protect Cary Grant’s screen image. I doubt if they would have been as concerned had original pick George Sanders ended up playing the part!
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All photos from Dr. Macro

8 thoughts on “Suspicion

  1. Danzel

    Oh, that ending! I actually saw this movie before Rebecca, and I thought it was interesting, but silly. (Rebecca, of course, is awesome.) The ending really is the worst. Of course, if George Sanders had played the part, there would have been no doubt he was capable of murder! 😉

    1. Lauren Hairston

      It is one of those great “what ifs” of movies. Ah, well!

  2. Lori

    I didn’t realize the ending had been changed – I guess murder didn’t fit (don’t forget to carry) Grant!

    1. Lauren Hairston

      The original novel is on my to-read list. Interested to see the similarities and differences.

  3. hannah cornish

    With regards to your comment on my Clinique post, I had used a Chubby stick as I received one in a gift set but i’m not really a fan! The consistency felt really waxy and strange – perhaps I need to give it another go 🙂 Terrible that I can’t comment on the film, (as I haven’t seen it) but they are incredibly beautiful!
    Hannas’ UK Beauty | Lifestyle blog @ hannatalks

    1. Lauren Hairston

      Joan Fontaine and Cary Grant do make an amazingly photogenic couple. When you get a chance to watch the movie, be sure to let me know what you think!
      Re: Clinique–it’s a good thing there are so many different cosmetics brands offering so many different products so we can all find things we like!

  4. sunday taylor

    Fascinating! Loved this insight into Joan Fontaine and how she evaluated her films. I always learn something interesting from you!

    1. Lauren Hairston

      I tried to find the interview on youtube, but no luck! Joan Fontaine said she hadn’t even planned to attend the ceremony, but the academy called and told her she’d better be there, so Olivia de Havilland brought her a dress at the last minute.

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