Suspense (1946): Frank Tuttle’s Ice-Skating Film Noir, Starring Barry Sullivan and Belita

Frank Tuttle directed Suspense, an ice-skating-themed film noir, starring Barry Sullivan and former Olympic skater Belita.


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Theatrical release poster

Frank Leonard (Albert Dekker), the proprietor of an ice-skating revue, promotes a strong-arming peanut-vendor named Joe Morgan (Barry Sullivan) to a management position based on suggestions he makes to improve the act of the show’s star, Roberta Elva (Belita), the owner’s wife.

He soon begins to notice that his new manager is paying too much attention to his wife, and begins to suspect that his new manager has designs on his wife and his business.

Costing 1.1 million dollars, it was the most expensive film made by Monogram Pictures.

The movie marked the last appearance of character actor Eugene Pallette.

Belita as Roberta Leonard, aka Roberta Elva
Barry Sullivan as Joe Morgan
Bonita Granville as Ronnie
Albert Dekker as Frank Leonard
Eugene Pallette as Harry Wheeler
George E. Stone as Max


Directed by Frank Tuttle
Produced by Frank King and Maurice King
Written by Philip Yordan
Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof
Cinematography Karl Struss
Edited by Richard V. Heermance, Otho Lovering

Production company: King Brothers Productions

Distributed by Monogram Pictures

Release date: June 15, 1946

Running time: 101 minutes