At the U.T.
Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion" is now, a year after its original triumph, recognized as one of the better pictures to come out of Hollywood, or more specifically, from the RKO studios. Joan Fontaine, Academy Award winner for her work in this film, plays opposite a surprisingly serious Cary Grant.
The story of "Suspicion" concerns the psychological progression from love to fear of Joan Fontaine for her husband, Cary Grant. Grant, a handsome, witty, but rather poor social parasite, meets Miss Fontaine, of a psuedo-Clivedon Set, and they marry.
Unknown to her in the early days of their marriage, Grant extravagantly spends money he doesn't have, dreaming, talking of his future financial plans: plans which never materialize. As his castles in the air begin to crumble, his friend and partner, Nigel Bruce, is mysteriously murdered, and due to evident circumstances, Grant is suspected. Miss Fontaine is taken with fear of her husband, fear that he is a murderer and that she may be his next victim. She tries to flee from him, but he reaches her, and in the most depressingly "phoney" scene of the film, tells her the truth; that he is innocent. The ending to the original story, that the hero actually is the murderer, is replaced (to avoid jarring the public's emotions) by a happy Hollywood finale, which mildly cripples an otherwise magnificent motion picture.