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Hitchcock and the Censors$
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John Billheimer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177427

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177427.001.0001

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Suspicion (1941)

Suspicion (1941)

(p.85) 9 Suspicion (1941)
Hitchcock and the Censors

John Billheimer

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter reviews the influence of the Production Code and marketing considerations on the Cary Grant vehicle Suspicion. Marketing considerations dictated that Grant could not be a murderer, as his character was portrayed in the source novel. And Joe Breen, who took over RKO productions on a brief stint away from the Production Code Administration, sought to erase all suspicious activity from Grant’s character. Hitchcock sidestepped much of the meddling, but this movie suffered more than most of his films from Production Code interference, particularly the provisions regarding suicide and the need to punish evildoers. Nonetheless, it still managed to earn a healthy profit and a Best Actress Oscar for Joan Fontaine.

Keywords:   Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Production Code Administration, punishment of evildoers, suicide ban, Joe Breen, Suspicion

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