American band-leader in Germany marries girl working for "The Party". She is kidnapped into Eastern Zone, but in return the band-leader kidnaps the girlfriend of a Russian General.

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Jeffrey Lynn ...
Paul Stapleton
Linda Caroll ...
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American band-leader in Germany marries girl working for "The Party". She is kidnapped into Eastern Zone, but in return the band-leader kidnaps the girlfriend of a Russian General.

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24 May 1954 (USA)  »

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American band leader marries hastily, with complications
4 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Doorway to Suspicion" (1954) is listed as a noir by critic Michael F. Keaney, one that he rates 3/10. It's more of a post-war spy story, but such stories frequently have noir themes. In this story, Jeffrey Lynn falls in love with German Greta Caroll and she with him, but she resists marriage quite strongly, telling him she's "bad" all the way through.

Lynn leads a big swing band that's touring Europe. Some of his band members try to dissuade him from his leap of the heart, but he won't listen. Suspicion of her first arises when one member thinks he has seen her at a club and she denies it. This seed grows as other sprouts of suspicion arise that link into Cold War complications.

There is some decent location photography although the print I watched looks bleached out. Lynn's acting is earnest and mostly convincing as is Caroll's, but Lynn's attempt at band leading looks rhythmically awkward. He looks better at the piano. The print from Synergy runs 65 minutes as compared with a listed running time of 75 minutes. This undoubtedly hurts viewing a great deal. There are some brutal edits reflected in my rating.

Inveterate noir or spy movie fans like me will be an audience for this as may be Lynn completists or those who like low-budget Euro-type movies of this vintage. Otherwise, it comes across as too underdeveloped with the plot gears brought to life much too crudely to be really effective.


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