(1943) is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer feature film starring Joan Crawford, Fred
MacMurray, and Basil Rathbone in
a story about newlyweds spying on the
Nazis for the British Secret Service.
The screenplay by Keith Winter
, Melville Baker
, and Patricia Coleman
was based upon the novel
by Helen MacInnes
. The film was directed
by Richard Thorpe
and produced by
, and was Crawford's
last feature for MGM
signing with Warner Bros.
Frances and Richard Myles (Joan
and Fred MacMurray
in Europe on the
eve of World War II
. Unexpectedly, they
find themselves commissioned by the British secret
service to secure the plans for a new secret weapon
masterminded by the Nazis (involving magnetic mines).
leads them to Innsbruck where they arouse the suspicions of Gestapo chief Von
Ashenhausen (Basil Rathbone).
Having secured the plans, the couple find great difficulty leaving
the country. Frances is captured and held in a remote castle. She
is rescued by her husband and a group of British agents, and, using
underground routes, the couple finally cross the border to
MacMurray and Miss Crawford completely handled their roles, despite
drawbacks of script material", and T.S. in the New York Times
Crawford...is a very convincing heroine."
- Quirk, Lawrence J.. The Films of Joan Crawford. The
Citadel Press, 1968.