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Suspense(1946)

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  • Black Ice

    • pete
    • 10/19/17

    Film noir on ice. Quite a fusion if ever there was one. It doesn't always succeed, but not for trying. Cheapo Monogram Pictures dumped a '40's million into this and it shows. The star is Belita, someone I'd never heard of before until now. She was a Sonja Henie contender, right from an Olympics start. Belita didn't come close then, but maybe because she was just a kid of about twelve at the '36 Games. With her balletic training and lithe figure, she was striking and a really beautiful skater. Apparently, she gets quite a razzing from critics about her acting, but I found her able to hold her own with an accomplished noir allure. She even has one of only two great lines, "I always sit in the driver's seat." The real star is genius Karl Struss's cinematography. Gorgeous. A pity he didn't do more noir. Many of the distinctive set pieces are used to great effect, particularly that jump hoop of knives. A fine cast is left afloat in the sketchy story. Sullivan's character is resolutely cold and a mystery up to the end. Bonita Granville is a standout, almost unrecognizable in one of her first adult performances. The suspense never lives up to the title. Even the build-up to the knife hoop jumping at the end turns coitus interruptus. The script withholds essential character backstory and leaves the most exciting confrontation to the audience's imagination (the murder scene). Questionable creative decisions, to say the least. This is noir, after all. Not a Henie lighthearted romp. It did well with audiences then. Most likely for the polished skating routines. Any fan of noir should give it a go. For the novelty, if nothing else. The other great line? "He should'a stuck to his peanuts."

  • Imperfect Noir

    • Wendy Winkler
    • 10/15/17

    Suspense is a movie that is on the verge of being a good film noir film. It seems that it takes a while for the story to begin. There something off about this film. But there are many good things about it too. The cast is very good. You can always depend on Barry Sullivan on giving a good performance. I had never seen Belita before and expected a second rate actress who was better at skating than acting. But I was wrong. She was actually very good. The ice skating scenes were entertaining. There are also some great scenes. One of them concerns a cat in a dark office. Maybe I am the only one, but I was surprised by how the movie ended.

  • Suspense

    • Dick Corrigan
    • 4/18/15

    Belita at her best and her incredible skating.....she combined her ballet and Ice training to create on of the best filmed numbers on ice. Technically, she was better than Henie in my opinion.

  • Belita in "Suspense"

    • Dick Corrigan
    • 11/28/12

    A fairly good film, with the exquisite Belita. She was an incredibly talented skater, having been once a ballerina with the Dolin-Markova ballet company, and her dance training shows in her skating. Worth it just to watch her artistry.

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