Suspense

  • 1946
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical, Mystery

An okay crime story with the added attraction of music, ice skating, and what must have been the highest budget that Monogram put behind a picture up to that time. Two of the King Brothers produced this melange of styles from an original script by Yordan. Sullivan is a onetime hot shot who has had a few bad rolls of the dice, so he must seek honest employment....read more

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An okay crime story with the added attraction of music, ice skating, and what must have been the highest budget that Monogram put behind a picture up to that time. Two of the King Brothers produced this melange of styles from an original script by Yordan. Sullivan is a onetime hot shot

who has had a few bad rolls of the dice, so he must seek honest employment. He takes a job hustling peanuts for the ice skating show run by Dekker. Not content to hawk the food, Sullivan insinuates himself with his boss and makes some good suggestions; one of them turns out to be a spectacular

trick that Dekker's wife, Belita, performs. She finds Sullivan more than passingly interesting, and it's only a short time before the two are cheating behind Dekker's back. Dekker didn't get to be an important impresario by luck, though, and he soon smells what's happening between Sullivan and

Belita, so he takes her off to a vacation in the mountains, where they own a cabin. At the same time, Sullivan's old flame, Granville, comes back into his life. She's just arrived from Chicago and would like to resume their once-torrid affair, but Sullivan will have no part of her. The torch she

is carrying burns even more fiercely. Sullivan drives to the mountains, ostensibly to discuss some business with Dekker, but it's really to see Belita. Dekker invites Sullivan to stay the night rather than drive back to town in the dark. It's a ruse on Dekker's part. He yawns, tells them he's

tired, and says he's going to sleep. Instead, he peeks and sees that Belita and Sullivan are magnetized to each other and kiss passionately. When Sullivan and Belita go ice skating the next day, a shot rings out that misses them both. But the sound of the rifle crack is so strong that an avalance

begins and inundates the small frozen pond and the surrounding area. Belita and Sullivan manage to escape the angry snow, then get back to the cabin, where they find that Dekker and a rifle are missing. They surmise that Dekker fired the shot and was then crushed by the avalanche.

Back in the city, Sullivan becomes the boss of the ice show and he and Belita practically melt the ice around them with the heat of their passion. Belita is disturbed that Dekker's body was never found and the memory bothers her. She eventually discovers that Dekker didn't die in the avalanche. He

was murdered by Sullivan and his corpse was placed in a large roll-top desk that Sullivan burned at a later time, thus destroying the evidence. When she finds that out, she can't bear to be with Sullivan any longer. But Sullivan has his own plans about how to deal with a recalcitrant mistress. The

big number in the show is Belita's leap through a circle of razor-sharp swords. If any of the blades were loose, or even slightly out of kilter, she would be killed. Prior to a show, Sullivan arranges for one of the swords to be loose enough to get her. Belita's eagle eye spots the sword and she

slips it back into place. Sullivan sees that she's too smart for him and walks out of the arena. He's hated being the show's ringmaster anyhow and it's time for him to move on. As he walks down the darkened street, Granville, the spurned woman, steps out of the shadows and guns him down in as

unlikely and unmotivated an ending as anyone would want.

Nick Castle does some good ice skating choreography and Belita, one of many skaters who were all the rage at the time, handles her chores well. Miguelito Valdez, who plays a singer in the ice show, does his own song, "Candido." The production number tunes were "Ice Cuba," "East Side Boogie" (Tommy

Reilly), and "With You in My Arms" (by Dunham and Alexander), both done by Bobby Ramos and his orchestra. Belita's real name was Gladys L. Jepson-Turner and she was born in England. She'd been skating since infancy and was a headliner in the Ice Capades before making her first film, ICE CAPADES,

in 1941. Other films include THE MAN ON THE EIFFEL TOWER, SILK STOCKINGS, and THE TERRACE.

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