Above Suspicion (1943 film)
1943 US Theatrical Poster
|Directed by||Richard Thorpe|
|Produced by||Victor Saville|
|Written by||Keith Winter
|Based on||Above Suspicion
by Helen MacInnes
|Music by||Bronislau Kaper|
|Editing by||George Hively|
|Running time||90 min.|
Above Suspicion (1943) is an American spy drama film distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray as newlyweds who spy on the Nazis for the British Secret Service during their honeymoon, along with Basil Rathbone as a German who was at Oxford with the newlyweds and whose mother is anti-Nazi. The screenplay by Keith Winter, Melville Baker, and Patricia Coleman was based upon the novel Above Suspicion by Helen MacInnes. The film was directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Victor Saville, and was Crawford's last feature for MGM before signing with Warner Bros.
Frances and Richard Myles (Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray) are newlyweds honeymooning in Europe on the eve of World War II. Unexpectedly, they find themselves commissioned by the British secret service to secure the plans for a new secret weapon masterminded by the Nazis (involving magnetic mines). The trail leads them to Innsbruck, where they meet Hassert Seidel, (Conrad Veidt) who is an agent on their side.
They arouse the suspicions of Gestapo chief Sig von Aschenhausen (Basil Rathbone). Having secured the plans, the couple find great difficulty leaving the country. Frances is captured and held in a remote castle. She is rescued by her husband and Seidel, and, using underground routes, the couple finally cross the border to safety.
- 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 — Frau Kleist
- Lotte Palfi Andor — Ottilie (as Lotta Palfi)
Variety wrote, "Both MacMurray and Miss Crawford completely handled their roles, despite drawbacks of script material", and T.S. in the New York Times commented, "Joan Crawford...is a very convincing heroine."
The film was released on Region 1 DVD on April 6, 2010 from the online Warner Bros. Archive Collection.
- Above Suspicion at the Internet Movie Database
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- Above Suspicion at allmovie