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Above Suspicion (1943)

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Frances Myles
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Richard Myles
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Hassert Seidel
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Sig von Aschenhausen
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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)
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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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Drama | Thriller

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May 1943 (USA)  »

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Insuspeitos  »

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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?

Trivia

Crawford always said she wished Hitchcock had directed this film. And indeed, the film contains many "Hitchcockian" touches (mistaken identity, music as a plot cue, innocents recruited to do dangerous tasks, etc.) 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

[newlyweds Richard and Frances Myles register at a hotel under assumed names]
Walmer Hotel proprietor: Mr. and Mrs. Smith? I suppose that's all right. Mind you draw the blinds.
Richard Myles: [embarrassed] Huh?
Walmer Hotel proprietor: There's a practice blackout tonight.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Who Is Sylvia?
(1826) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert ("An Sylvia, D.891, Op.106, No.4" ) (1826)
Words by William Shakespeare (from "The Two Gentlemen of Verona", Act 4, scene 2) (ca 1594)
Played on piano by Joan Crawford
Sung by Fred MacMurray
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A Great Premise,But an Average Result.
8 March 2002 | by (Las Vegas,Nevada) – 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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