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The Suspect (1944)





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The Suspect is a well turned out period melodrama, with an excellent leading performance by Charles Laughton. He plays an amiable, hopelessly henpecked shopkeeper who yearns for the affections of pretty stenographer Ella Raines. When he is pushed to brink by wife Rosalind Ivan, Laughton kills her, making the death look like the result of a fall down the stairs. Detective Stanley Ridges, not altogether unsympathetic to Laughton, suspects foul play, but decides to bide his time and allow the suspect to trip himself up. Laughton is on the verge of getting off scot free when he makes the error of trying to stifle his blackmailing neighbor Henry Daniell. Based on the novel This Way Out by James Ronald, this is one of the most thoroughly satisfying American films of mercurial German director Robert Siodmak.


Henry Daniell
as Mr. Simmons
Molly Lamont
as Mrs. Simmons
Eve Amber
as Sybil
Maude Eburne
as Mrs. Packer
Clifford Brooke
as Mr. Packer
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Critic Reviews for The Suspect

All Critics (4)

...most interesting as a product of its time, and as an example of a film that showed off the strong points of the studio system-a ready supply of talented actors, reliably good sets and props, and fine technical work ...

February 13, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

This unsung treat is one of those films where - Heaven help us - our sympathies rest entirely with a murderer.

February 12, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Homicide in fin de si├Ęcle London, a Siodmak formulation

November 25, 2011 | Full Review…

Theatrical studio-bound minor film noir.

January 23, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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