Conspirator (1949)

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On a visit to London, 18 year-old American Melinda Greyton goes to her first party, a Regimental ball. There she meets and falls madly in love with Major Michael Curragh, a handsome ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Robert Flemyng ...
Capt. Hugh Ladholme
Harold Warrender ...
Col. Hammerbrook
Marjorie Fielding ...
Aunt Jessica
Thora Hird ...
Lord Pennistone (as Wilfred Hyde-White)
Marie Ney ...
Lady Pennistone
Jack Allen ...
Helen Haye ...
Lady Witheringham
Cicely Paget-Bowman ...
Mrs. Hammerbrook
Karel Stepanek ...
Nicholas Bruce ...
Cyril Smith ...
Detective Inspector


On a visit to London, 18 year-old American Melinda Greyton goes to her first party, a Regimental ball. There she meets and falls madly in love with Major Michael Curragh, a handsome bachelor who returns her affections. After a relatively short period of time, they marry and all is bliss. Michael has some peculiar habits such as when he gets upset when Melinda sends an old overcoat out for cleaning or when she takes a few £1 notes from his wallet. In fact, Michael is a Communist spy and has been a member of the Party since he was in school. When Melinda finally realizes just what and who he is, she tells him to choose between her or his beliefs. He tells her he'll leave the Party but its all a ruse. He does love his wife however and when his spy masters tell him Melinda must be done away with he faces the ultimate choice. Written by garykmcd

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The Man She Loved Was A Traitor, Sworn To Kill Her!


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Release Date:

24 March 1950 (USA)  »

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Traidor  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Robert Taylor, though American, plays an Englishman, whilst Elizabeth Taylor, English by birth, plays an American. She had unhappy memories of making this film, later claiming that Robert Taylor had made clumsy efforts to seduce her. See more »


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Music by Kenneth Alford
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Robert Taylor's best performance in an unremarkable film
27 March 2002 | by (Trivandrum, Kerala, India) – See all my reviews

Robert Taylor was always considered a handsome actor and not a great actor. In fact he was fascinating to watch in the few color Westerns and costume dramas that he did towards the end of his career.

"Conspirator" is an exceptional film that allowed him to be a dashing villain--somewhat like his roles in "Undercurrent" and as the anti-hero in "Ride, Vaquero". What was interesting to note some 53 years after the film was made was the undeniable fact that Robert Taylor stole the scenes from Elizabeth Taylor, who undeniably proved to be a great actress in later films in her Burton years.

The Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde format of the story allowed Taylor to give a glimpse of what he could do on screen even when the story of a bumbling spy who was a senior army officer insults the average moviegoers' intelligence.

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