by Jenny Jones
Prim, bookish Lina McLaidlaw (Joan Fontaine) meets handsome playboy Johnnie Aysgarth (Cary Grant) on a train. From the opening scene, the characters’ economic status is clear, as wealthy Lina bails the financially hapless Johnnie out when he is caught sneaking into first class. Lina is intrigued from the start by this dapper, obstreperous fellow who is cut from so different a cloth than her own, but Johnnie’s intentions are not entirely clear. They encounter each other again at a social gathering, and he gleefully wrangles a one-on-one walk with her in lieu of church. She protests his play to kiss her on the windswept terrain – but somewhat halfheartedly.
The Heights Theater,
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Producers: Robert Altman, Scott Bushnell, Robert Eggenweiler
Writers: Samson Raphaelson, Joan Harrison, Alma Reville
Cinematographer: Harry Stradling Sr.
Editor: William Hamilton
Music: Franz Waxman
Cast: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce, Dame May Whitty
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
US Theatrical Release: November 14, 1941
US Distributor: Warner Brothers