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The Unsuspected(1947)

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  • Uber Stylish

    • Pete
    • 10/5/17

    Top notch production, awesome cinematography, lighting, set design, costumes, score. Curtis lends an unusually stylish eye to the proceedings. A lesson in distinctive filmmaking at its best. Man, those moody, carefully calibrated angles and reflective images just keep coming. Claude Raines is impeccable, as usual. The rest of the cast is fine. This film fits into the realm of Laura and Rebecca. In fact, it even borrows very similar plot lines and devices to the former, including that portrait. Hitchcockian is an adjective I'd use, too. What's missing, though, particularly in Raines's character, is the dry wit. What humor there is relies on the supporting characters and one too many attempts at it fall flat. I can't be the only one who was confused by the unusual setup in the beginning. Not quite sure how one character was related to the other. It was only later on that the interrelationships gained clarity. It doesn't help when the prevailing mood is one of emotional disconnect. It takes about halfway through the movie to sense any kind of empathy for the deceased and only after significant plot machinations. The arrival of Caulfield's character helps. She's sweet, but a bit of a dim bulb. Girl, how could you not see through that dictated letter? Overall, a visual treat. A must for any fan of noir or suspense. The last third really picks up the pace and makes up for a somewhat at times leaden and contrived middle. Truly, the kind of film you can rest assured they just don't make anymore. So, I'll take a slight near miss from then to anything they dish out today.

  • the unsuspected

    • kevin sellers
    • 10/2/17

    I disagree with the previous reviewers who call this film a "noir." Noirs are almost always set in The Big, Anonymous City and deal with the alienation and corruption such an urban locale engenders. This film by contrast is much more like a British suspense flic, set in a creepy mansion and dealing with the intricacies of catching a killer rather than examining the inner rot of its various main characters, private eye or cop partially excepted. And I must also disagree with the previous reviewers about the general excellence of this film. Aside from good black/white cinematography by Woody Bredell and the usual good work of Claude Raines, Constance Bennet, and Audrey Totter (indeed her presence is the only noirish aspect to this movie) I found this film slow paced and overly talky, and most of the talk, supplied by the usually good screenwriter Ranald McDougall, not all that witty or interesting. C plus.

  • Fantastic!

    • RedRain
    • 8/6/12

    This is an extraordinary film noir! Claude Rains is, of course, simply one of the best actors to ever star in film and he excels as the master evil puppeteer of a family. The beautiful Audrey Totter is the spouse to the equally beautiful Hurd Hatfield ("The Picture of Dorian Gray") here. There are continuous plot twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat the entire film. Most interesting is the use of records through the film, both the recording of them and the playing of them in the commission of murder. Michael Curtiz crafts an almost perfect film in this one!

  • The Unsuspected (1947)

    • James Higgins
    • 3/22/10

    71/100. Solid film-noir with Claude Rains delivering his usual stellar performance. Good mystery with stylish and effective cinematography. Audrey Totter gives a great supporting performance, in a role typical of her in the late 1940's. The entire cast is fine. Very entertaining.

  • As Usual Raines Steals The Show.

    • cathy hansen
    • 10/11/09

    Fantastic cast, quintessential glossy 1940s glamour sets and costumes, great director (the eclectic Michael Curtiz)--& a creepy suspense. The versatile and fascinating Clude Raines gives a mesmerizing snake-like performance. Entertainment all round for film noir fans.

  • A true Warner brother's mystery film

    • Jack
    • 9/10/07

    This is one of the best---- all in the film do a spectacular job and of course Claude Rains at his best. Do not miss this one!!!

  • superior thriller

    • alan melzak
    • 4/25/07

    a classic of film noir suspense from director Michael Curtiz

  • The Unsuspected

    • Senmut
    • 5/26/06

    A true film noir gem. How sad that this film rarely turns up anywhere, when others seem to grab so much attention. Claude Rains is perfect as the suave, debonair villain, and Audrey Totter is simply succulent. This ought to be on video.

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