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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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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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Donald Wolfit and Robert Bray seek betrayer of wartime underground leader
30 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Accursed" is a kind of old dark house mystery. A group of men who were in the World War 2 underground meet at Wolfit's invitation. His goal is to ferret out the man who betrayed their leader. On his way from the continent is a man who knows who did this. However, he is murdered on Wolfit's doorstep.

Robert Bray, an American intelligence officer, arrives too, and he also seeks the betrayer.

One more murder occurs before the person responsible is uncovered.

I watched this for the acting of Wolfit, a standout in "Room at the Top", but the cast also includes Christopher Lee, Karel Stepanek and Anton Diffring, and Robert Bray is cogent. I also watched it as a possible film noir. It pretty much measures up on that dimension too. The piano prelude is very nice and supports a noir atmosphere, as do the fear and suspicion of all those involved.

As far as plot and logic go, they eluded me. Everything hinges on Wolfit not being told over the telephone who the culprit is. This made little or no sense, but without that there is no story. Then Bray enters and seems already to know the person's motivation for betrayal. That was out of the blue.

It's a flawed result that nonetheless has its points of interest. Christopher Lee manages to do a lot with physical acting, even with a lesser role. Diffring is consistently an interesting presence on screen. Wolfit is suitably perplexed and Bray stalwart. Jane Griffiths provides some worthwhile female relief.


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