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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.

Director:

Victor Saville

Writers:

Sally Benson (screenplay), Sally Benson (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Maj. Michael Curragh
Elizabeth Taylor ... Melinda Greyton
Robert Flemyng ... Capt. Hugh Ladholme
Harold Warrender Harold Warrender ... Col. Hammerbrook
Honor Blackman ... Joyce
Marjorie Fielding Marjorie Fielding ... Aunt Jessica
Thora Hird ... Broaders
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Lord Pennistone (as Wilfred Hyde-White)
Marie Ney Marie Ney ... Lady Pennistone
Jack Allen ... Raglan
Helen Haye ... Lady Witheringham
Cicely Paget-Bowman Cicely Paget-Bowman ... Mrs. Hammerbrook
Karel Stepanek ... Radek
Nicholas Bruce Nicholas Bruce ... Alek
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Detective Inspector
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El traidor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,832,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$859,000, 31 December 1950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,591,000, 31 December 1950
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was banned in Finland because censors there thought it would "jeopardize relations with foreign countries" - meaning the Soviet bloc. It was also banned in New Delhi, India reportedly at this insistence of the Soviet embassy there. See more »

Goofs

Both times Elizabeth Taylor's character is asked her age, her mouth says "seventeen," but her voice says "eighteen." The script must have been changed in post-production because of the controversy over difference between the lead actor's ages. See more »


Soundtracks

The Blue Danube
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Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Eddie Griffiths
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Taylor vs. Taylor in tepid cold-war drama
2 August 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Fans of early and obscure Elizabeth Taylor vehicles can't get much more obscure than this early cold-war drama set in 1949 London. As a Yank in postwar Britain, she meets and falls for another Taylor, Robert, dashing in his uniform. Once married, however, hubby grows secretive and borderline abusive, and is forever disappearing on mysterious nighttime errands. Playfully kibitzing, young Liz stumbles onto the truth that he's a Soviet operative, possibly the clumsiest and most careless ever. Orders come down that he must eliminate her.... About two-thirds of the way through, this tepid romance decides it's going to be a Suspicion-like thriller, and not a moment too soon. But it has its moments (the male Taylor covering his tracks as he takes the tube to an assignation, for instance) and reflects the rather restrained concerns of the British Empire in the wake of the Gouzenko defection in Ottawa in 1945.


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