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The Suspect (1944)

Approved | | 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
Ella Raines ... Mary
Dean Harens ... John
Stanley Ridges ... Huxley (as Stanley C. Ridges)
Henry Daniell ... Mr. Simmons
Rosalind Ivan ... Cora
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

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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

In the "Film-Noir" DVD Collection is a old Radio adaptation of this Film 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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Respect for a murderer
10 November 2017 | by jimjamjonny39See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite Charles Laughton movies. Playing a mild mannered man, very much loved by his peers for his gentleness and kindness to all around him. The only problem is his home life. The mother of his only son is a sour, vicious, complaining woman who doesn't want anybody to be happy including herself. She drives her son away from the family home and finds out that her husband (even though he's not sharing the marital bed) is having romantic liaisons with a young woman who recently enquired about employment as a "typist" wasn't much heard of in 1902, the year in which this is set. I totally understand why he has to do what he has to do and not the deed itself. You'll see for yourself the dilemma he has to face and may understand why I feel what he has done isn't really that bad.


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