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Taylor and Taylor are dream team in tepid cold-war drama...
ELIZABETH TAYLOR certainly grew up in a hurry. Her studio quickly took advantage of her blossoming beauty and at the ripe old age of 17 she was shipped off to London to star opposite the studio's big heartthrob ROBERT TAYLOR in a story about espionage (during the height of the cold-war in America).
The result was not exactly a smash, but at least their fans got to see them together playing husband and wife. Neither gives a really bad performance but there's just something not quite valid about the plot that has Liz discovering her hubby is a spy for the Soviets--and soon catches on to the fact that he has been assigned to dispose of her.
It's practically a two-character film, with HONOR BLACKMAN in a supporting role as Liz's friend. Taylor is about as menacing as he was in UNDERCURRENT (which isn't saying much) but still looks great, and Liz certainly looks and acts more adult than she actually was at the time. For looks alone, they make a dream team.
It holds the interest because of the espionage angle, but isn't a distinguished piece of work in any way whatsoever and has been largely forgotten today.
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