Suspicion (1941 film)2Gradually, Lina learns that Johnnie has continued to gamble on the horses, despite his promise to quit, and that hehas sold family heirloom chairs given to them as a wedding present to help pay for things. She repeatedly catcheshim in lies and discovers that he has been caught embezzling and fired from his job, though Melbeck assures her hewill not prosecute if the money is repaid. Johnnie's good-natured, if scatterbrained, friend Beaky (Nigel Bruce) triesto reassure her that her husband is a good sort, but without much success.When the general dies, Johnnie is severely disappointed to find that he has left Lina only his portrait
which islater seen in some infrequently-used living room. He convinces Beaky to finance his next venture, a landdevelopment, even though neither of them knows much about the business. Lina tries to talk Beaky out of it, but hetrusts his friend completely. Johnnie overhears and warns his wife to stay out of his affairs, but later calls the wholething off. When Beaky leaves for Paris, Johnnie accompanies him partway. Later, news reaches Lina of Beaky'sdeath in Paris. Johnnie misleads her and an investigating police inspector about remaining in London. This and otherdetails lead Lina to suspect he caused his friend's demise.She begins to fear that her husband is plotting to kill her for her life insurance. He has been questioning her friendIsobel Sedbusk (Auriol Lee), a writer of mystery novels, about untraceable poisons. Johnnie brings Lina a glass of milk before bed, but she is too afraid to drink it.Needing to get away for a while, she makes up a story to stay with her mother for a few days. Johnnie insists ondriving her there. He speeds recklessly in a powerful convertible (a 1936 Lagonda LG45
) on a dangerous roadbeside a cliff. Suddenly, Lina's door opens. Johnnie reaches for her, his intent unclear to the terrified woman. Whenshe shrinks from him, he stops the car.In the subsequent row, it emerges that Johnnie was actually intending to kill himself. Now however, he has decidedthat suicide is the coward's way out and is resolved to face his responsibilities and even go to jail for theembezzlement. He was actually in Liverpool at the time of Beaky's death, seeking to borrow on Lina
s life insurancepolicy to settle matters with Melbeck. Her suspicions allayed, Lina tells him that they will face the future together.
Joan Fontaine and Gary Cooper holdingtheir Oscars at Academy Awards, 1942.Fontaine won Best Actress for her role in