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Guilty of Treason (1950)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 20 February 1950 (USA)
The story of Cardinal Josef Mindzhenty, a Roman Catholic cardinal from Hungary who spoke out against both the Nazi occupation of his country during World War II and the Communist regime ... See full summary »

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Felix E. Feist (as Felix Feist)

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Emmet Lavery (screenplay), Emmet Lavery (story) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Charles Bickford ... Joszef Cardinal Mindszenty
Bonita Granville ... Stephanie Varna
Paul Kelly ... Tom Kelly
Richard Derr ... Soviet Col. Aleksandr Melnikov
Roland Winters ... Soviet Comissar Belov
Berry Kroeger ... Hungarian State Police Col. Timar
John Banner ... Dr. Szandor Deste
Alfred Linder Alfred Linder ... Janos, the waiter
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Hungarian Secret Police Col. Gabriel Peter [i.e. Peter Gabor]
Nestor Paiva ... Hungarian Vice Premier Matyas Rakosi
Morgan Farley ... Doctor
Lisa Howard ... Soviet Official at School (as Lisa K. Howard)
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mother Mindszenty
Gene Roth ... Russian Soldier in Kelly's Bathroom
Kenneth MacDonald ... Major Arresting Mindszenty
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The story of Cardinal Josef Mindzhenty, a Roman Catholic cardinal from Hungary who spoke out against both the Nazi occupation of his country during World War II and the Communist regime that replaced it after the war. Mindzhenty was arrested, tortured and eventually released, but was persecuted to the extent that he wound up taking refuge in the US Embassy in Budapest for many years, still acting as a spokesman for the Hungarians who wanted the Russian occupation forces and their Hungarian collaborators out of the country. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Language:

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Release Date:

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1.37 : 1
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Stephanie Varna: There is no underground. The Russians take care of that. Every day, hundreds of people are arrested and never heard of again. Every day, hundreds try to flee across the border to Austria if they can.
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GUILTY OF TREASON (Felix E. Feist, 1950) ***
11 April 2009 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

I had never heard of this one before coming across it (via the Alpha DVD) at a local rental outlet; though I had expressed interest in watching it at the time, I did not get hold of the film until acquiring the more renowned later version of the same events – THE PRISONER (1955) – but, then, am only checking out either in time for the pious Easter season. The film deals with the famous trial in which Josef Mindszenty, a Hungarian Cardinal played here by Charles Bickford, is victimized for daring to stand up against Communism. The narrative, however, also takes in the experiences of a number of people who become involved in his plight – chiefly a local girl (Bonita Granville who, in spite of her clandestine relationship with Soviet officer Richard Derr, ends up tortured and killed for her troubles) and a middle-aged American reporter (Paul Kelly, who suffers himself at the hands of a neo-Nazi group!). Ironically, given the obvious anti-Red stance being promoted, GUILTY OF TREASON is most comparable in its preachiness to Hollywood efforts with Marxist leanings such as THE MASTER RACE (1944). As was the case with that one, too, the film under review manages to balance heavy-going (albeit clearly impassioned) politics with a variety of Noir trappings: for instance, the trial sequence is depicted in a stylized fashion – with Bickford standing in a beam of light at the center of the room while his accusers remain in the shadows. Compelling, modestly impressive and extremely well-acted, this proved a very nice surprise indeed which, in retrospect, has been unjustly neglected over the years.


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