February 4th, 2021


Movie Critique - The Unsuspected

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: A sinister-themed 40s murder mystery film noir that rivals the likes of Laura, but is sadly under appreciated. 

The Unsuspected is a 1947 American film noir directed by Michael Curtiz, produced by Charles Hoffman, and released by Warner Bros. The film cast includes Claude Rains, Audrey Totter, Ted North, Constance Bennett, Joan Caulfield and Hurd Hatfield among others.

Roslyn Wight, Victor Grandison's (portrayed by Claude Rains) secretary is found dead and police report it as a suicide. Victor also had lost his ward, Matilda Frazier (portrayed by Joan Caulfield), in a freighter accident at sea. And the investigation into both cases begins by the police, that leaves a trail of suspects, twists at every turn and also litter of more murders falling in the way.

The film was based on the 1946 novel of the same name by Charlotte Armstrong, which originally was a serial published in The Saturday Evening Post between August 11, 1945 and September 29, 1945; before it was published as a novel in 1946. Screenplay for the film was co-written by Bess Meredyth, wife of Curtiz, and Ranald MacDougall. 

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