Movie Cycles: Thrillers–Wives Threatened by Husbands

A cycle of psychological thrillers and film noirs in which the plot revolves around sinister, menacing husbands, threatening to kill their (usually richer and younger) wives:

Hitchcock’s Suspicion (1941), Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine

Cukor’s Gaslight (1944), Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman

Jacques Tourneur’s Experiment Perilous (1945), a derivative film of Gaslight, in which the beautiful Hedy Lamarr lives in fear of her husband (Paul Lukas).