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The Unsuspected (1947)





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In this taut crime drama, a radio broadcaster hosts a popular murder-mystery show. However, the host himself is actually a deranged killer. After he murders a female staffmember, he thinks he's committed the perfect crime. What he doesn't realize is that the deceased's fiancé knows the truth and wants revenge.


Claude Rains
as Victor Grandison
Joan Caulfield
as Matilda Frazier
Audrey Totter
as Althea Keane
Constance Bennett
as Jane Moynihan
Hurd Hatfield
as Oliver Keane
Ted North
as Steven Francis Howard
Fred Clark
as Richard Donovan
Jack Lambert
as Mr. Press
Ray Walker
as Donovan's Assistant
Nana Bryant
as Mrs. White
Walter S. Baldwin
as Justice of the Peace
Ross Ford
as Irving
Art Gilmore
as Announcer
Lucille Vance
as Frizzy-haired Woman
David Leonard
as Dr. Edelman
Cecil Stewart
as Al, the Piano Player
Bob Alden
as Messenger
Richard Walsh
as Reporter
Ed Parks
as Waiter
Alan Ray
as Groom
Allan Ray
as Groom
Jean Andren
as Mother of the Bride
Hal Craig
as Policeman
Jack Cheatham
as Policeman
Harriet Matthews
as Mannish Woman
Wendy Lee
as Guest
Rory Mallinson
as Ballistics Lab Technician
Arthur Gilmore
as Announcer
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Critic Reviews for The Unsuspected

All Critics (2)

Vivid film noir, with good storytelling and suspense.

May 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Directed in a grand expressionist style by Michael Curtiz.

March 1, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Unsuspected


Claude Rains is suave and sinister in this film noir drama from 1947, which is worth watching, but guard your expectations. Rains plays the mellifluous announcer of a murder mystery radio show, and his performance is one of the high points of the movie. The others are in the great shots that Director Michael Curtiz creates with shadows and reflections. In one fantastic scene early on, the camera takes us through the streets to a flashing neon sign for the "Hotel Peekskill", and while we hear Rains narrating his show, we see his hired heavy (Jack Lambert) lying in bed smoking. The last four letters are not really the ones showing through the window, but the psychological effect is such that that's what viewers 'see' and remember. In some other great moments, Rains's shadow stretches abnormally long across the floor as he walks away, and his reflection seen in a record warps slightly while it spins. I also loved the use of the 'high tech' audio equipment in his home. Unfortunately, the plot is second rate. There are several points that seem artificial and mostly unexplained, starting with the niece (Joan Caulfield) having apparently died and then coming back. There are also moments which don't make sense, particularly towards the end, but I won't spoil anything. The plot just seems too heavily constructed. It also suffers a bit from a lack of real suspense, though when Rains has Caulfield help him with a recording, we get an eerie feeling as to his intentions. As for the rest of the cast, Audrey Totter delivers some spice as his other niece and Constance Bennett some acerbic lines as his producer, but overall, it's pretty average. Entertaining, with its dramatic music and noir feel, but imperfect.

Antonius Block
Antonius Block

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