Friday, August 31, 2012


Vaarallisia valheita / Farliga lögner. US 1941. PC: RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. P: Harry E. Edington. D: Alfred Hitchcock. SC: Samson Raphaelson, Joan Harrison, and Alma Reville – based on the novel Before the Fact (1932, translated into Finnish as Rakkaani, paholainen by Eero Ahmavaara, WSOY / Korppisarja, 1962) by Francis Iles (= Anthony Berkeley).  DP: Harry Stradling. FX: Vernon L. Walker. ED: William Hamilton. AD: Van Nest Polglase. Set dec: Carroll Clark. Cost: Edward Stevenson. Makeup: Mel Berns. SFX: Vernon L. Walker. M: Franz Waxman. Love motif: "Wiener Blut" by Johann Strauss. S: John E. Tribby. C: Joan Fontaine (Lina MacLaidlaw Aysgarth), Cary Grant (Johnny Aysgarth), Cedric Hardwicke (General MacLaidlaw), Nigel Bruce (Gordon Cochrane "Beaky" Thwaite), Dame May Whitty (Mrs. Martha MacLaidlaw), Isabel Jeans (Mrs. Newsham), Heather Angel (Ethel, maid), Auriol Lee (Isobel Sedbusk), Reginald Sheffield (Reggie Wetherby), Leo G. Carroll (Captain George Melbeck), Alfred Hitchcock (man mailing letter).  Helsinki premiere: 11.9.1944 Adlon – vhs and dvd releases: Castle Video, Gerit Oy, PAN Vision – Finnish classification number 24983 – K16 – 2730 m / 99 min. A Svenska Filminstitutet / Filmarkivet print with Swedish subtitles viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki (Alfred Hitchcock), 31 August 2012.

Revisited the first half an hour of the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece.

Hitchcock admired the Lubitsch touch, and this movie is the first great appearance of a similar mercurial wit in Hitchcock's oeuvre. Suspicion is also the first appearance of Cary Grant in a Hitchcock movie. Later, To Catch a Thief was another Hitchcock movie with Lubitsch inspiration (Trouble in Paradise) and with Cary Grant starring.

The sparkling screenplay is by Samson Raphaelson, Joan Harrison and Alma Reville. Raphaelson was Lubitsch's screenwriter in eight movies or so (not always credited).

In Suspicion and Notorious Hitchcock emphasizes the dark side of Cary Grant. There is a Finnish saying "miksi naiset rakastuvat renttuihin?" ("why do women fall in love with scoundrels?"), and Suspicion is a movie about just that.

Suspicion, like Dial M for Murder, is also one of Hitchcock's movies about the worst nightmare in marriage: that the spouse who supposedly loves you actually intends to kill you.

The duped print does not do justice to Harry Stradling's cinematography.

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