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Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion(1943)

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Onscreen credits list George Hively as the film's editor, but James Newcom is listed as editor in all Hollywood Reporter production charts. In December 1941, William Powell was announced as the male lead in the picture, and in July 1942, Myrna Loy was announced as his co-star. According to Hollywood Reporter, M-G-M cast the popular starring team in an attempt to break them out of their "Thin Man" mold. After Loy left M-G-M in October 1942, however, Fred MacMurray and Joan Crawford were cast in the leads. Above Suspicion marked the only time that MacMurray co-starred with Crawford, and was the first M-G-M picture in which he appeared. According to M-G-M production files, Stuart Hall coached Crawford and MacMurray in Cockney accents. Neither actor used a Cockney accent in the completed picture, however. Although Hollywood Reporter announced that George Glagori had portrayed a "Gestapo chief" in the picture, his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Hollywood Reporter also announced that Leonard Walker was to conduct an orchestra in some scenes, but it has not been determined if he actually appeared onscreen. According to Hollywood Reporter, for authenticity's sake, female bit players in the Germany scenes were not allowed to wear makeup, as Hitler had banned the wearing of makeup in 1933. Some scenes were filmed at an abandoned Acme gypsum mine near Bishop, CA, and mountain scenes were shot at Mt. Wilson, east of Los Angeles, according to Hollywood Reporter. Conrad Veidt died of a heart attack on April 3, 1943; Above Suspicion was his last film.