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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colonel Price
Major Shane
Jane Griffiths ...
Vicki Toller
Joseph Brezina
Carl Jaffe ...
Stefan Toller
Karel Stepanek ...
Friederich Suderman
Oscar Quitak ...
Thomas Rilke
Doctor Neumann
Frederick Schiller ...
Alfred Baum
Rupert Davies ...
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 ...


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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Did You Know?


Colonel Price's house, where the majority of the film is set, is The Edgwarebury Hotel. This is the same location as the Eaton's house in The Devil Rides Out (1968) also starring Christopher Lee. See more »


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 »


Prelude Without A Name
Written and Conducted by Jackie Brown
Solo Pianist Dennis Wilson
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Excellent British thriller!
5 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful example of post-war British thrillers at their very best. Members of a French Resistance unit meet each year in England on the anniversary of their leaders death at the hands of a traitor in their midst. When they learn that the identity of the person responsible for this treacherous act is about to become known he or she decides to prevent their secret from being revealed. The ensemble cast are all ideal for their roles, Anton Diffring stands out as a concert pianist instead of his usual role as a nasty Nazi. He really could play the piano well, although I don't think he played the score in this film. It is difficult to guess who the murderer is, I'm still not sure how the investigating military officer comes to his conclusion, but I have watched this film dozens of times and never tire of going along for the ride! It is good to see Christopher Lee also playing a role other than his well-known vampire ones, along with many other well-known European faces, especially Jane Griffiths. This film is impossible to find on video or DVD so if you have the chance to see it don't let the opportunity pass you by!

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