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Conspirator (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 24 March 1950 (USA)
In Cold-War London, young American Melinda Greyton marries British Army Major Michael Curragh who is a Communist spy working for the Soviets.

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Capt. Hugh Ladholme
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Col. Hammerbrook
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Joyce
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Aunt Jessica
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Lord Pennistone (as Wilfred Hyde-White)
Marie Ney ...
Lady Pennistone
Jack Allen ...
Raglan
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Mrs. Hammerbrook
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Nicholas Bruce ...
Alek
Cyril Smith ...
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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 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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Drama | Thriller

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24 March 1950 (USA)  »

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$1,832,000 (estimated)
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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 »


Soundtracks

The Blue Danube
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Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Eddie Griffiths
Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
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Good Cold War film noir
21 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great plot, great movie. I can see that the commies in Hollywood would not like it, and it was banned in Finland, which was highly influenced by the Stalinists in Russia at the time.

With a background in political science and history, I can say that there really is a lot of realism in this movie. It was not at all uncommon for lifelong spies to be betrayed by their own need for love. And, the naive attitude of the Taylor character in seeking help from the Ruskies (remember, with STALIN in charge, was not at all unusual.

The attitude of the Brits, who had been watching him all along, is also pretty typical of real situations.

My wife particularly liked Taylor cast against type, and we both thought that Liz did a great job, as well as Taylor, in this pretty exciting and dramatic film.


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