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Above Suspicion (1943)

Passed | | Drama, Thriller | May 1943 (USA)
Two newlyweds spy on the Nazis for the British Secret Service during their honeymoon in Europe.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Keith Winter (screenplay), Melville Baker (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Frances Myles
Fred MacMurray ... Richard Myles
Conrad Veidt ... Hassert Seidel
Basil Rathbone ... Sig von Aschenhausen
Reginald Owen ... Dr. Mespelbrunn
Richard Ainley ... Peter Galt
Cecil Cunningham ... Countess
Ann Shoemaker ... Aunt Ellen
Sara Haden ... Aunt Hattie
Felix Bressart ... Mr. A. Werner
Bruce Lester ... Thornley
Johanna Hofer Johanna Hofer ... Frau Kleist
Lotte Palfi Andor Lotte Palfi Andor ... Ottilie (as Lotta Palfi)
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Oxford Professor Richard Myles and new bride Frances are off on a European honeymoon. It isn't your typical honeymoon though, for they are on a spying mission for British intelligence on the eve of World War 2. Written by Kelly

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It Happened on a Honeymoon!

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Drama | Thriller

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Passed | See all certifications »
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This marked the only time that Fred MacMurray co-starred with Joan Crawford, and was the first MGM picture in which he appeared. See more »

Goofs

As the Bride and Groom are leaving Oxford, their chauffeur opens the car door for them, which makes the crew visible in the reflection. See more »

Quotes

[on their wedding night, a policeman appears at the Myles's hotel room door demanding Richard's depart with him immediately]
Frances Myles: This is no time for a practical joke.
Const. Jones: It's no joke, ma'am.
Frances Myles: It's not practical, either.
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Connections

Referenced in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

RIenzi: Overture
(1839) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
Played (conclusion only) at concert by unidentified orchestra and conductor
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A Great Premise,But an Average Result.
8 March 2002 | by kryckSee all my reviews

"Above Suspicion(1943)" was the last film Joan Crawford made under her Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract. Crawford had strictly made films for the studio since 1925. She left,because she was dissatisfied with the mundane scripts she was offered.Looking at this film,we can see her point.Here's an espionage thriller that has a great premise and a good cast,but falters midway through.The plot is basically about honeymooners(Crawford and Fred MacMurray)being ask to do spy work in Nazi Germany. They must get information about a secret German mine.Along the way,they encounter colorful characters that lead them to clues.They even witness an assassination of a German leader in an opera house.The first 45 minutes is extremely suspenseful and Crawford and MacMurray have great chemistry together.However,the rest of the film is less than plausible and the ending leaves much to be desired.The problem,though,is with the director,Richard Thorpe.Not one of MGM's best directors,Thrope puts too many unnecessary scenes in the film,that distract from the plot.In addition,he wastes the talent of some great character actors,putting them in one-dimensional roles.Basil Rathbone was great at playing sinister roles.Here he plays a conniving Nazi,but has very little to do.The major miscasting was letting Conrad Veidt play a charming spy.Veidt was marvelous at playing an acid-tongued Nazi officer,most notably in the classic,"Casablanca(1943)." In other hands like Alfred Hitchcock or Fritz Lang,this film could have been first-rate.Crawford wouldn't have a hit movie until "Mildred Pierce(1945)",where she gave perhaps the best performance of her career as a self-sacrificing mother. As it is, the film isn't a bomb,but there are much better spy thrillers out there.I give it 2 1/2 stars out of four.


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Release Date:

May 1943 (USA) See more »

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Bishop, California, USA See more »

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1.37 : 1
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