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The Accursed (1957)

The Traitor (original title)
A German Jewish doctor, who is a former resistance fighter against the Nazis during the war, attends an annual reunion at the home of a former British officer. However, when he discovers ... See full summary »

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Colonel Price
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Major Shane
Jane Griffiths ...
Vicki Toller
Anton Diffring ...
Joseph Brezina
Carl Jaffe ...
Stefan Toller
Karel Stepanek ...
Friederich Suderman
Oscar Quitak ...
Thomas Rilke
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Doctor Neumann
Frederick Schiller ...
Alfred Baum
Rupert Davies ...
Clinton
John Van Eyssen ...
Lieut. Grant
Colin Croft ...
Theodore Dehmel
Dennis Edwards ...
Man Cutting Down Zimmerman's Body
Fletcher Lightfoot ...
Man Giving Suderman Telegram
Marie Lightfoot ...
Nurse
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A German Jewish doctor, who is a former resistance fighter against the Nazis during the war, attends an annual reunion at the home of a former British officer. However, when he discovers that many of his former compatriots have mysteriously died, he begins to suspect that one of the "resistance" fighters may in fact have been a Nazi agent who is now trying to eliminate all the members of the unit. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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13 July 1958 (USA)  »

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Completed in June 1956, not released in the US until 1958. See more »

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When Shane is speaking to Col. Price, Shane puts a spoon into his coffee cup as seen from a side angle. When shown from the front, Shane is holding the handle of the cup and the spoon is not in it. When the angle switches back to the side shot, the spoon is again in the coffee cup. See more »

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Prelude Without A Name
Written and Conducted by Jackie Brown
Solo Pianist Dennis Wilson
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22 April 2010 | by (London) – See all my reviews

A very wordy and stagey production that could almost have been a filmed stage play with no scene changes so confined is the action in the lounge of an (old dark) house. Central is late great British classical stage thesp Sir Donald Wolfit (the inspiration for the film "The Dresser") who as usual bigs up his part.

The premiss (German resistance fighters suffering betrayal to the Gestapo) did deserve superior plot and screenplay and it is regretable that this is something of a pot-boiler. The closing scene is stagey almost to the point of self-parody (indeed I believe subsequent comic parody versions have appeared). However the method by which the murderer is tricked into revealing himself at the end is perhaps worth sitting through the remainder on a rainy afternoon.


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