This first-rate spy drama has newlyweds Crawford and MacMurray honeymooning in 1939 Germany but secretly acting as British agents to obtain details of a new Nazi weapon, a magnetic mine. There are clues and menacing creatures galore, from a torn page of a Liszt concerto to cryptic chessmen,
from Rathbone, a sinister Gestapo chieftain tracking the pair, to Veidt, an underground leader aiding them. The honeymooners travel from Paris to Salzburg while under constant threat but are foiled by Rathbone who imprisons Crawford in a remote Bavarian castle; she is saved by MacMurray and
British agents before divulging her secrets and the pair, after a harrowing chase to the border, finally escapes with the top secret information intact--a hectic, suspenseful thriller deftly directed by Thorpe. Crawford is excellent as the endangered but courageous wife, Rathbone exceptionally
hateful as her evil pursuer, and MacMurray a lighthearted delight in the face of danger; at film's end, when he and Crawford cross safely over the Italian border, he doffs a jaunty Alpine hat and blithely says, "How about some spaghetti?" This was Crawford's last film for MGM, after 17 years with
the studio, Louis B. Mayer bluntly telling her it was time for her to "move on" and make way for the likes of Lana Turner. It was also Veidt's last film; the superb character actor, who had, in the 1930s, actually been imprisoned by the Nazis and who played Nazi commanders so convincingly, as in
CASABLANCA, died of a fatal heart attack shortly after completing this film.
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