Suspicion*

“Still no foil?”  Brother says, opening the oven.

“No, sorry, forgot,” I say.  We have run out of aluminium foil and had forgotten all about this fact.

Marin Cilic and Viktor Troicki are warming up at Queens.  Brother is making a stir fry.  

After supper, we start watching Hitchcock’s Suspicion.  Joan Fontaine – ‘Lina’ – has married Cary Grant – ‘Johnnie’ – and he’s a Cad and a Bounder: he has many lady friends, no money and isn’t invited anywhere.  He has racing debts.  Someone turns up and says: “what do I do with the bill?”

“Oh, just put it on that pretty little table,” says Johnnie.

Oh dear.  Things look bad already and they deteriorate.  It seems that Johnnie has married Lina for her money and when her father dies, leaving them nothing, he is Not Pleased.  Johnnie’s chum ‘Beaky’ – played by Nigel Bruce – Dr Watson in the Basil Rathbone Hound of The Baskervilles – turns up and moves in with them.  Then, when Beaky dies in Paris, Lina becomes increasingly suspicious…

It’s all very tense and exciting.  Am not going to spoil it for you.  Joan Fontaine won an Oscar for her portrayal of Lina.  Lina’s mother is played by Dame May Whitty – Miss Froy in The Lady Vanishes (1938) – a Hitchcock classic which watched recently with the parentals.

Need to go to sleep soon as am off to see my Seb tomorrow.  Hope to make some progress with my Peter Ackroyd Alfred Hitchcock book.  Apparently the great director used to sketch out every frame of his films before he made them: he trained in drawing.  

Before I go, have to:

1.  Attend training at gym.

2.  Pack.

3.  Wash self and shave furry bits.

4.  Do Something about nails which are in terrible state.

Walked to meet Hannah for lunch today and saw the attached purple bush.  It was full of bees.

Happy Thursday everyone!
1941.  Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Stars Joan Fontaine and Cary Grant.

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