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Above Suspicion (1943)

Passed | | Drama, Thriller | May 1943 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Mespelbrunn
Aunt Ellen
Aunt Hattie
Johanna Hofer ...
Frau Kleist
Lotte Palfi Andor ...
Ottilie (as Lotta Palfi)


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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| (Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Hollywood Reporter announced that George Glagori had portrayed a Gestapo chief in the picture, his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. See more »


At approximately 56:00, Sig von Aschenhausen puts down a decanter with his left hand, but when the camera angle changes, he removes his right hand from the decanter. See more »


Richard Myles: Darling, the less you know, or appear to know, the better.
Frances Myles: That's what my mother told me the night I came out in Boston.
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Referenced in Unfinished Business (1986) See more »


Untitled Oxford University Song
Played on piano by Joan Crawford
Sung by Fred MacMurray, Basil Rathbone and Bruce Lester
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A Great Premise,But an Average Result.
8 March 2002 | by See 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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