The Unsuspected (1947)

103 mins | Mystery | 11 October 1947

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HISTORY

Charlotte Armstrong's novel was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post between 11 Aug 1945 and 29 Sep 1945. This was the first film made for Michael Curtiz' independent production company. A 5 Sep 1945 press release announced Robert Alda as the film's star. Although onscreen credits read "introducing Michael North," North acted under the name Ted North in the ... More Less

Charlotte Armstrong's novel was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post between 11 Aug 1945 and 29 Sep 1945. This was the first film made for Michael Curtiz' independent production company. A 5 Sep 1945 press release announced Robert Alda as the film's star. Although onscreen credits read "introducing Michael North," North acted under the name Ted North in the 1930s. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
20 Sep 1947.
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Film Daily
17 Sep 47
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jan 47
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Mar 47
p. 51.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Sep 47
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
1 Feb 47
p. 47.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Sep 47
p. 3841.
New York Times
4 Oct 47
p. 9.
Variety
17 Sep 47
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff dir
Spec eff dir
Spec eff photog
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Unsuspected by Charlotte Armstrong (New York, 1946).
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 October 1947
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 3 October 1947
Production Date:
mid January--mid March 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Michael Curtiz Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 October 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1270
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
103
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During a broadcast of radio personality Victor Grandison's show, Roslyn White, his secretary, is found hanged in his office. At the same time, his niece, Althea Keane, holds a party in honor of his birthday. The unexpected arrival of Steven Francis Howard, who claims to have been married to Matilda Frazier, Victor's other niece, interrupts the party. Matilda, who was engaged to marry Althea's husband Oliver, went abroad to get over his loss, and is thought to have drowned after a shipwreck. When Victor arrives with Jane Moynihan, his director, he is stunned to learn about Matilda's marriage, especially because her estate is about to be settled. Steven informs Victor that he knew nothing about Matilda's money, but in any case, is a wealthy man in his own right. Victor then invites Steven to stay in his home while policeman Richard Donovan secretly investigates his story. Meanwhile, Victor receives a telegram from Matilda, who was rescued and hospitalized in Brazil. Steven meets Matilda's plane, but she does not remember him or the marriage. To her surprise, however, he knows all about her and the others in the family. To corroborate his claims, he takes her to the justice of the peace who married them. Although the man recognizes Matilda, nothing seems familiar to her. Later, Matilda and Althea quarrel over Oliver, who is now drinking heavily. Still suspicious of Steven, Victor goes through his clothes and finds a snapshot of Roslyn. Elsewhere, Steven meets secretly with Jane, who is convinced that Roslyn did not commit suicide and shows him a letter that implicates Victor in her death. Steven then shows the ... +


During a broadcast of radio personality Victor Grandison's show, Roslyn White, his secretary, is found hanged in his office. At the same time, his niece, Althea Keane, holds a party in honor of his birthday. The unexpected arrival of Steven Francis Howard, who claims to have been married to Matilda Frazier, Victor's other niece, interrupts the party. Matilda, who was engaged to marry Althea's husband Oliver, went abroad to get over his loss, and is thought to have drowned after a shipwreck. When Victor arrives with Jane Moynihan, his director, he is stunned to learn about Matilda's marriage, especially because her estate is about to be settled. Steven informs Victor that he knew nothing about Matilda's money, but in any case, is a wealthy man in his own right. Victor then invites Steven to stay in his home while policeman Richard Donovan secretly investigates his story. Meanwhile, Victor receives a telegram from Matilda, who was rescued and hospitalized in Brazil. Steven meets Matilda's plane, but she does not remember him or the marriage. To her surprise, however, he knows all about her and the others in the family. To corroborate his claims, he takes her to the justice of the peace who married them. Although the man recognizes Matilda, nothing seems familiar to her. Later, Matilda and Althea quarrel over Oliver, who is now drinking heavily. Still suspicious of Steven, Victor goes through his clothes and finds a snapshot of Roslyn. Elsewhere, Steven meets secretly with Jane, who is convinced that Roslyn did not commit suicide and shows him a letter that implicates Victor in her death. Steven then shows the letter to a skeptical Donovan, who explains that Victor was broadcasting at the time of Roslyn's death. Later, Victor overhears Althea tell Steven that she telephoned Roslyn the night of her death and heard her scream. Victor then records a quarrel between Oliver and Althea during which Oliver threatens to kill her, and afterward orders Oliver to leave the house. Under questioning, Althea tells Victor that she believes he killed Roslyn. Victor admits that he killed Roslyn when she discovered that he had misused Matilda's estate and then kills Althea, making it appear as if the killer was Oliver. Later, Victor cuts the brakeline on Oliver's car, and he dies in the ensuing accident. Steven tells Matilda that he has deceived her about their marriage. Explaining that he had been engaged to marry Roslyn, who he believes did not commit suicide, Steven warns Matilda that she is also in danger. Matilda, however, refuses to believe that Victor is behind the deaths. After he learns that Matilda is in love with Steven, Victor tricks her into writing a suicide note, which he intends to use to cover up her murder. When Victor discovers Steven with the recording he made of Oliver and Althea, he blackmails Press, a murderer, into kidnapping Steve and then gives Matilda a poisoned drink. The drink does not kill her, however, and when she regains consciousness, she realizes that Steven was telling the truth and calls the police. With her help, they find an unconscious Steven in a garbage dump, where Press has left him to be crushed to death. Realizing that he can no longer escape, Victor then confesses to his crimes during his final broadcast. +

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