Above Suspicion (1943)

“Darling, the less you know, or appear to know, the better.” – Richard

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A newlywed couple are recruited by the British foreign office to act as spies in the days leading up to World War II.

My Take on it – This is a film that I actually had never heard of before coming across it and was quite curious to see what it was all about.

They present a pretty interesting scenario that probably worked even better when it originally came out because the world wasn’t yet aware of all of the atrocious things that the Nazi regime had committed and therefore this film deals with them is too soft a light.

Fred MacMurray and Joan Crawford are great together and despite playing a pair of newlyweds, it’s so easy to feel and see the amazing chemistry of their characters the whole way through.

They eagerly are willing to do their part for the war effort and this film quite often has a vibe as if it was something that came from the mind of Alfred Hitchcock due to the way that the story flows along.

The twists and turns in the plot work quite well and that helps keep things quite interesting.

The suspense level is slightly raised higher and higher as things move along raising the stakes higher and higher along the way.

Bottom Line – Intriguing story that probably worked much better when it came out since very little was known about the true face of the Nazi regime which is dealt with a bit too softly by these characters. MacMurray and Crawford are great together and despite playing a newly married couple, we can feel their chemistry as they try and do their part for the War effort. The story has some nice twists and turns along the way that help keep it interesting as the suspense level is kept quite high throughout. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Joan Crawford always said she wished Alfred Hitchcock had directed this film, and indeed, the film contains many “Hitchcockian” touches, including mistaken identity, music as a plot cue, innocents recruited to do dangerous tasks. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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