The Suspect (1945)

85 mins | Melodrama | 26 January 1945

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HISTORY

The film begins with the following written foreword: "It was an unpretentious street, but it had a pretentious name. That was the fashion in London of 1902. They called it Laburnum Terrace." HR news items and production charts include Emily Massey in the cast, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Modern sources add the following crew credits: Cam asst Robert Laylo and Frank Heisler. On 9 Apr 1945, Charles Laughton, Ella Raines and Rosalind Ivan reprised their screen roles in a radio version of The Suspect for the Lux Radio Theatre ... More Less

The film begins with the following written foreword: "It was an unpretentious street, but it had a pretentious name. That was the fashion in London of 1902. They called it Laburnum Terrace." HR news items and production charts include Emily Massey in the cast, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Modern sources add the following crew credits: Cam asst Robert Laylo and Frank Heisler. On 9 Apr 1945, Charles Laughton, Ella Raines and Rosalind Ivan reprised their screen roles in a radio version of The Suspect for the Lux Radio Theatre . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
30 Dec 1944.
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Daily Variety
22 Dec 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Dec 44
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Sep 44
p. 1, 17
Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 44
p. 8, 15
Hollywood Reporter
19 Dec 44
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Dec 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Feb 45
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Nov 44
p. 2166.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
30 Dec 44
p. 2249.
New York Times
1 Feb 45
p. 18.
Variety
27 Dec 44
p. 9.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score and dir
SOUND
Dir of sd
[Sd] tech
Re-rec and eff mixer
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel This Way Out by James Ronald (Philadelphia and New York, 1939).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 January 1945
Premiere Information:
World premiere in San Francisco: 22 December 1944
Production Date:
14 September--mid October 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
4 January 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13116
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85
Length(in feet):
7,653
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10564
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1903, kindly London tobacconist Philip Marshall lives on Laburnum Street with his adult son John and his shrewish wife Cora. Unable to stand his mother anymore, John moves out and Philip takes this opportunity to move into his son's old room. Later, Philip takes pity on Mary Gray, a young, out-of-work stenographer, and invites her out to dinner and finds her a job as a dress shop model. The two soon begin seeing each other regularly, although she is unaware that he is married. Returning home late one evening, Philip finds his bedroom door locked, forcing him to confront Cora and ask for a divorce. She refuses and threatens to ruin his good name if he leaves her. Philip then confesses all to Mary and ends their relationship. That Christmas, Cora tells her husband that she knows all about Mary, and even though Philip tells her that he is no longer seeing the young woman, Cora informs him that she still intends to have Mary fired from her job and evicted from her boardinghouse. Seeing no other alternative, Philip kills Cora. Although the coroner rules Cora's death an accident, Inspector Huxley of Scotland Yard begins an investigation of the case and correctly deduces that Cora was struck in the back of her head by a cane, and did not receive the wound by accidentally tripping down a flight of stairs, as previously assumed. With no incriminating evidence against Philip, Huxley looks for a motive and soon finds one when the tobacconist begins seeing Mary again. Huxley's investigation is stymied, however, when Philip and Mary wed, and, under English law, ... +


In 1903, kindly London tobacconist Philip Marshall lives on Laburnum Street with his adult son John and his shrewish wife Cora. Unable to stand his mother anymore, John moves out and Philip takes this opportunity to move into his son's old room. Later, Philip takes pity on Mary Gray, a young, out-of-work stenographer, and invites her out to dinner and finds her a job as a dress shop model. The two soon begin seeing each other regularly, although she is unaware that he is married. Returning home late one evening, Philip finds his bedroom door locked, forcing him to confront Cora and ask for a divorce. She refuses and threatens to ruin his good name if he leaves her. Philip then confesses all to Mary and ends their relationship. That Christmas, Cora tells her husband that she knows all about Mary, and even though Philip tells her that he is no longer seeing the young woman, Cora informs him that she still intends to have Mary fired from her job and evicted from her boardinghouse. Seeing no other alternative, Philip kills Cora. Although the coroner rules Cora's death an accident, Inspector Huxley of Scotland Yard begins an investigation of the case and correctly deduces that Cora was struck in the back of her head by a cane, and did not receive the wound by accidentally tripping down a flight of stairs, as previously assumed. With no incriminating evidence against Philip, Huxley looks for a motive and soon finds one when the tobacconist begins seeing Mary again. Huxley's investigation is stymied, however, when Philip and Mary wed, and, under English law, she cannot be forced to testify against her husband. Philip and Mary's marital bliss is later disrupted when Gilbert Simmons, their snobbish neighbor, informs Philip of his intention to falsely testify against him unless he is paid for his silence. Realizing that Gilbert will blackmail him into bankruptcy, Philip kills him by placing an overdose of Bayard's Anodyne in his whiskey. With two murders haunting him, Philip then convinces Mary to move to Canada, where they can join John, who has a new job there. She agrees, but just as the couple is boarding the ship to North America, Philip is informed by Huxley that Gilbert's body has been found and his abused wife Edith has been charged with his murder. Unwilling to let another suffer for his crimes, Philip gets off the ship and slowly heads toward Scotland Yard to turn himself in. +

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