Suspense (1946)

101 or 103 mins | Melodrama | 15 June 1946

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writer:

Philip Yordan

Producers:

Maurice King, Frank King

Cinematographer:

Karl Struss

Production Designer:

F. Paul Sylos

Production Company:

Monogram Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Glamour Girl . This film was advertised as Monogram's first "million dollar release." The exterior of the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles is seen in the ... More Less

The film's working title was Glamour Girl . This film was advertised as Monogram's first "million dollar release." The exterior of the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles is seen in the film. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
30 Mar 1946.
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Daily Variety
22 Mar 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
26 Mar 46
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Oct 45
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Dec 45
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Mar 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jul 46
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Aug 45
p. 2598.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
30 Mar 46
p. 2917.
New York Times
5 Jul 46
p. 15.
Variety
27 Mar 46
p. 12.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A King Bros. Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Supv ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
SOUND
Rec eng
Re-rec and eff mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
DANCE
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Dial coach
Tech adv
SOURCES
MUSIC
"East Side Boogie" by Tommy Reilly.
SONGS
"With You in My Arms," music by Dan Alexander, lyrics by By Dunham
"Cabildo," music and lyrics by Miguelito Valdes.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Glamour Girl
Release Date:
15 June 1946
Production Date:
mid October--early December 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 April 1946
Copyright Number:
LP302
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
101 or 103
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11409
SYNOPSIS

After leaving New York under suspicious circumstances, Joe Morgan gets a job in Los Angeles with ice skating impresario Frank Leonard. Joe is attracted to beautiful Roberta Elva, the star of the show and Frank's wife. Although Roberta does not encourage Joe's interest, he pays close attention to her performance and suggests that she liven up the act by jumping through a hoop of knives. Frank is impressed enough with the idea to offer Joe a position as his assistant. When Frank travels to Chicago to buy another ice rink, he leaves Joe in charge of the business. That night, Joe takes Roberta to dinner and, on returning home, finds Ronnie, a former girl friend, waiting in his room. Despite Joe's rejection, Ronnie is determined to get him back. Joe, however, is obsessed with Roberta and believes that she returns his feelings. When Frank returns, he becomes jealous of Joe and takes Roberta away to their hunting lodge in the mountains for a vacation. Joe invents an excuse to join them, and Frank reluctantly invites him to spend the night. The next morning, while Joe watches Roberta practice skating on the lake, Frank sneaks up behind them and attempts to shoot Joe. The noise of the gun sets off an avalanche and Frank disappears. Roberta and Joe return to town, where Roberta secretly tells Harry Wheeler, one of Frank's trusted employees, that she has heard Frank in their apartment and believes he is not dead. Some time later, during a party in Roberta's apartment, Joe finds Frank's ring in his champagne glass. One night, Roberta hears noises coming from Joe's ... +


After leaving New York under suspicious circumstances, Joe Morgan gets a job in Los Angeles with ice skating impresario Frank Leonard. Joe is attracted to beautiful Roberta Elva, the star of the show and Frank's wife. Although Roberta does not encourage Joe's interest, he pays close attention to her performance and suggests that she liven up the act by jumping through a hoop of knives. Frank is impressed enough with the idea to offer Joe a position as his assistant. When Frank travels to Chicago to buy another ice rink, he leaves Joe in charge of the business. That night, Joe takes Roberta to dinner and, on returning home, finds Ronnie, a former girl friend, waiting in his room. Despite Joe's rejection, Ronnie is determined to get him back. Joe, however, is obsessed with Roberta and believes that she returns his feelings. When Frank returns, he becomes jealous of Joe and takes Roberta away to their hunting lodge in the mountains for a vacation. Joe invents an excuse to join them, and Frank reluctantly invites him to spend the night. The next morning, while Joe watches Roberta practice skating on the lake, Frank sneaks up behind them and attempts to shoot Joe. The noise of the gun sets off an avalanche and Frank disappears. Roberta and Joe return to town, where Roberta secretly tells Harry Wheeler, one of Frank's trusted employees, that she has heard Frank in their apartment and believes he is not dead. Some time later, during a party in Roberta's apartment, Joe finds Frank's ring in his champagne glass. One night, Roberta hears noises coming from Joe's office, and when she investigates, she sees Joe locking a desk that is usually left unlocked. She also finds Frank's distinctive pipe there. The next morning, Roberta learns that the desk has been replaced with a new one, and the old one has been burned. Suspicious, Roberta accuses Joe of killing Frank and hiding his body in the desk. When Joe admits the crime, Roberta insists that he go to the police. In the meantime, Ronnie has learned why Joe left New York and threatens to expose him if he does not come back to her, but he attacks her, leaving no doubt that he will never take her back. In order to prevent Roberta from going to the police, Joe loosens the fastening on one of the knives in her hoop. At the last minute, however, Joe cannot kill Roberta and stops the show until the loose knife is fixed. As he leaves the auditorium, Ronnie, who is waiting outside, shoots and kills him. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs, Suspense


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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