This was a film quite slow in starting. It is not the greatest Hitchcock film out there, but once the film actually gets started, it isn’t half bad. The tension is omnipotent throughout as the female protagonist Lina (Joan Fontaine) falls for the darkly irresistible but irresponsible Johnnie Aysgarth (Cary Grant) but it isn’t till after they marry that his true intentions become clear.
Cary Grant is good enough as Johnnie but he always played romantic lead characters. RKO stipulated that Grant could not play a murderer. Hitchcock had apparently always wanted to try and get around this stipulation to no avail. This massive obstruction, as a result, made a half-decent movie into a moralizing tale. Joan Fontaine was pretty good as Lina, but she has always brought ‘something’ to whatever role she plays.
As I said, its not the best Hitchcock film but its good enough once the plot starts moving along.
MY RATING: *** / *****