Alexandra Jacobs
April 25, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Suspicion

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
99 minutes
performer
Joan Fontaine, Cary Grant, Nigel Bruce, Leo G. Carroll, Cedric Hardwicke
director
Alfred Hitchcock
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

Suspicion, a flawed but highly digestible novel of fraternal betrayal, could never have been made in America. The gloomy, insular hamlet where the story unwraps; the repressed, set-in-his-ways narrator (a coroner named Julian Whyte); the matter-of-fact manner in which emotionally charged events are imparted — all are terribly English. Whyte’s estranged Communist brother, Raymond, returns to the village with coldly gorgeous German wife in tow. Julian covets her, gets her, but can never really have her, not because of torturous feelings (though he’s got those in spades) but because of her Berliner ex-lover, Walter Krokowski, an inconvenient and somewhat jarring arrival. London publishing bigwig Robert McCrum gives literate underpinnings to a trashy psychological thriller. Blood will spill, rest assured, but oh so decorously. B+

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