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In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2010 7:25:52 AM PDT
ronzo says:
Baron,

Re: "Funny how Ronzo brings out the music in us. :-)"

Many thanks!

ronzo manilow

Posted on May 11, 2010 5:33:38 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2010 7:43:04 PM PDT
Ham Sedaka

Posted on May 11, 2010 7:45:23 PM PDT
I watched a Hitchcock film today and posted about it on the Roundtable, but figured I may as well paste it here.

Thoughts on a Monkeyface

Hitchcock's "Suspicion" is for me an exercise in doubt. Is Johnnie evil or simply misunderstood? Lina gives him chance after chance, always thinking and hoping that her suspicions are false. Time after time, she (and we) think Johnnie is terrible. And in some ways he is, but never quite as bad as we think.

What a fun way to begin a movie. In complete darkness; that's intriguing enough. And on a train. Hitchcock and his trains. I love it. Hitch had so many trademarks or signature elements in a lot of his movies.

His cameo appearance here is one of those "blink and you've missed it" moments:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMffaRDTN6E

He's mailing a letter. Wonder what it says.

The shadows in the shape of a spider's web which are cast through the window against the walls of Lina and Johnnie's home are symbolic. I remember that Mel Brooks borrowed this visual in his funny homage to Hitch "High Anxiety", for a scene in the asylum "For the Very, Very Nervous" in which a nervous Dick Van Patten speaks to the scheming Cloris Leachman about his suspicions. "I feel like I'm caught in a web," says Van Patten, trapped in the cobweb.

The film has one of Hitchcock's trademarks that he used in a few films, a frothy and playful beginning that slowly transforms into something sinister. There is a very light and fun tone in the first third of the movie, as we get caught up in the whirlwind courtship, rooting for Joan Fontaine and beguiled by the suave and handsome Cary Grant.

I love the sets and furnishings and costumes. For a couple of hours I feel like I'm leading a glamorous life with these characters.

The one scene which everyone refers to when talking about "Suspicion" . . . when Johnnie carries a tray up the staircase with an eerily glowing glass of milk . . . is very striking, of course. Wonderful stuff. This is an image that remains very powerful.

Another trademark employed here is the fast car sequence. I wonder if The Master of Suspense had a penchant for speeding vehicles?

People also tend to discuss the ending of "Suspicion" and its happy outcome; some don't care for the ending at all. I don't particularly enjoy the ending much at all, although it's satisfactory for a Hollywood film. I would have preferred something much more ambiguous and mysterious, though. I would have liked to be left wondering if he was going to kill her. But that's just a personal thing.

Anyone recognize Hitchcock's dog, Johnnie, in the film? Quite a cute canine.

This was the first of Cary Grant's four films for Hitchcock. He's so striking here and so good in this interesting role. Of course, Joan Fontaine is excellent, snagging an Oscar for this role. I love how we are allowed into Lina's mind, particularly in the anagrams (Scrabble) scene where she imagines an ominous scenario with Johnnie killing Beaky on a cliff.

Hitch takes dinner scenes and adds a certain delicious something every time. How about that little game hen being sliced into while the conversation revolves around corpses and murder. Again, another trademark element: adding something unique or ghastly to a dinner table scene.

The supporting cast is excellent, like Nigel Bruce as Beaky. Such a likeable and ridiculous character.

Franz Waxman does a fine job with the musical score here. The music goes from wispy and romantic in the earlier portions of "Suspicion" to dramatic and dire/suspenseful later on.

I think the most enjoyable part of this movie is that we are so manipulated. Everything is not what it seems, and it's loads of fun because of that.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2010 7:46:56 PM PDT
ĴĴ says:
North by Northwest is playing FRIDAY at 1:30 central. I'm hoping to watch it on vacation.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2010 8:01:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 11, 2010 8:02:10 PM PDT
sard:

NIce post on SUSPICION, which I haven't seen in years.

As I remember Hitchcock was deathly afraid of autos,
never learned how to drive and, because of his bulk,
had diffiiculty entering and leaving vehicles.

"I just wasted the last twenty minutes standing in
my driveway watching Hitchcock trying to get out of his car ."

Raymond Chandler complaining when Hitchcock insisted
on working at Chandler's place. (approximate quote)

Tom

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2010 9:03:19 PM PDT
Aaaaw, poor portly Alfred. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2010 10:10:05 PM PDT
sard:

And poor alky Raymond. That kind of thing just
gave him an excuse....

tom

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2010 6:09:04 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2010 7:27:51 AM PDT
lol, Tom!

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2010 7:36:39 AM PDT
sard:

Thanks.

For some of us there are no excuses.

Tom

Posted on May 13, 2010 10:14:38 AM PDT
ĴĴ says:
BARON (and whoever else cares)

I am going to try to watch PSYCHO II this weekend at the beach, so I'll hopefully come back with an opinion on it. Or at least some nightmares. :P

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2010 10:48:04 AM PDT
Shouldn't you be watching "Jaws" if you're at the beach?

;-) lol !!!!!!

Enjoy.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2010 1:04:47 PM PDT
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Posted on May 13, 2010 8:39:19 PM PDT
ĴĴ says:
Baron, oh, I really don't like Jaws. I thought it was boring, pointless, and really not good. I don't plan to watch it ever again or the sequels.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2010 8:47:14 PM PDT
JJ,

Oh. I guess it's not for everyone.

"Jaws" for me is one of the best thrillers ever created. Just great.

Boring, eh? Wow. I'm floored. It's an excellent film. Forget its sequels (like Psycho, hee hee).

Posted on May 14, 2010 7:54:13 PM PDT
ĴĴ says:
I'm watching Psycho II right now. Nothing has really happened yet, I'm at the diner part.

Posted on May 15, 2010 10:41:17 AM PDT
BTW, my cheapo Hitchcock British film set arrived
the other day and I intend to watch at least one
silent film a week for a while, anyway.
Along with all the other movies I watch.

Tom.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2010 11:21:33 AM PDT
ronzo says:
Re: "BTW, my cheapo Hitchcock British film set arrived
the other day and I intend to watch at least one
silent film a week for a while, anyway."

MEN! Is this our call to arms?! Are you with him? Has everyone got THE LODGER (1927?) now?

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2010 12:24:00 PM PDT
Now? What happened to 2011? lol!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2010 1:22:55 PM PDT
ronzo says:
Baron,

Re: "Now? What happened to 2011? lol!!!!!"

Sorry ... had a BRAVEHEART moment there.... LOL! : )

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2010 2:11:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2010 2:12:31 PM PDT
ronzo:

Calm down there ronzo.

This is just me checking out the quality of
a used purchase--not for reviewing other
than on the Saturday Poll.

No! I'll be lucky to be ready by 2020.

Tom

PS: Put that skirt down, Braveheart.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2010 3:07:43 PM PDT
ronzo says:
Tom,

Re: "Calm down there ronzo."

Can you tell I'm rarin' to go? :)

I've just wasted some perfectly good blue face make-up....
Did I shave my legs, for THIS?!!

Bronzoheart

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2010 3:37:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2010 3:38:12 PM PDT
ronzo:

And here I thought that you were
prepping for the local Blueronzoman Group.

Tom

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2010 4:00:57 PM PDT
ronzo says:
Tom,

Re: "Blueronzoman Group"

That sounds like an interesting club.... lol.
A mix of Olympic Caber Tossers and Barbershop Quartet...?
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