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June 2, 2016
A strong cast (top 16 certainly hit their marks) with good pacing (competent direction & editing) makes this as much an entertaining thriller as a chick flick.

I suspect the lighthearted adventurous tone (loosely wrapped as a honeymoon) was done on purpose. Many families had more than one loved one in the service as this film was released. Making the war effort seem a "fun adventure" helped the women to send their men off more cheerfully. The heavy-hearted reality for each community would soon hit home as some servicemen earned purple hearts.
March 14, 2016
Oxford professor Fred MacMurray and his bride Joan Crawford go to Nazi Germany for their honeymoon, also as spies for the British government. Like a Hitchcock film, but more straightforward, less interesting.
January 20, 2015
I have seen this film more than once. I believe I saw it when it first came out. The scene when Joan Crawford stops to adjust her shoe stayed with me. This is entirely entertaining. Worth watching.
January 20, 2015
It's a very good WWII propaganda film and curio that is quite entertaining--provided you don't think too much during the film.
½ December 3, 2014
I was having a hard time reading the book as it was very slow. The movie is slow as well and doesn't make the book any more desirable to read.
½ April 9, 2014
Surprisingly enjoyable movie from the 1940s, surprising only in that I'd never heard of it before. Joan Crawford here is more likeable than she normally is. Suspenseful.
½ February 15, 2014
Lightweight, but enjoyable Hitchockian-like suspense thriller with innocent newlyweds Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray being asked to spy on Nazi activities on in a pre-WWII Europe during their honeymoon. Nowhere as good as a Hitchcock film, but it does feature many Hitchcock hallmarks, such as civilians caught up in espionage, music playing an important part in the plot and several suspenseful set pieces. It's nothgin brilliant and Crawford and MacMurray seem oddly cast, but it's quite entertaining.
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January 17, 2014
Joan's last Metro film after a long tenure there is no award winner but is still a well executed spy drama with the usual MGM burnish and a high quality cast.
½ May 5, 2013
Above Suspicion (1943) -- [7.0] -- Fred MacMurray and Joan Crawford star as newlyweds who get roped into spying for British intelligence in Nazi Germany. The tone here is light-hearted. Despite the prospect of serious danger, Crawford and MacMurray's characters actually enjoy trying their hand at espionage. It's fun to watch them follow the bread crumbs and put clues together. A Franz Liszt concerto is incorporated into the mystery, as well as Bronislau Kaper's score, very entertainingly. It's also amusing to watch steely Crawford tied up, being brutalized by Nazis (but still looking like she just walked out of a salon), swearing to the Gestapo that she'll never crack. If they were at all familiar with her filmography, they'd have known she was telling the truth. With Basil Rathbone and Conrad Veidt.
June 26, 2012
good stuff for WWII audiences
June 7, 2012
An American couple (Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray) are on vacation in Europe and are about to be recruited into a spy ring. Their mission is to spy on Nazi's during the days leading up to the Second World War and bring back information back to the British involving the construction of a weapon that could destroy lives. Of course this film is totally beyond unbelievable, but it is also very funny and quite entertaining. Really weird casting choices for MacMurray and Crawford in roles like this. Nice photography to add to the some suspense of this tail. Awkward, but quite enjoyable.
½ September 12, 2010
Ridiculous spy adventure, with Joan and Fred MacMurray as newlyweds who, on their wedding night, are recruited to do a little light espionage for the Foreign Office. At each stop, they are given preposterously arcane puzzle clues that tell them their next assignment, which they easily solve. Well, Joan is pretty, and Fred MacMurray is his usual avuncular tough guy, so it isn't completely horrible, just silly.

Joan film 37/81.
½ July 27, 2010
It has some shining moments, but it's mostly unengaging.
July 26, 2010
another good WWII drama.
March 22, 2009
A lot of people seem to deride this film, but I found it quite enjoyable. It was Joan Crawfords last contract film at MGM, and I personally think she sails along quite breezily and relaxed in this movie, which is just right for the character. Basil Rathbone always makes a great, charming villain, and the much underrated Fred MacMurray comes across quite well. The first half of the film is considerably better than the second, as things become a bit chaotic and muddled towards the end-but its great to see a Hollywood film where the Germans actually speak German.
August 17, 2005
[font=Trebuchet MS]Full review to come.[/font]
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