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Making a move into more adult roles, 17-year-old Elizabeth Taylor plays the giddy young wife of a British Army officer (Robert Taylor). Their whirlwind romance and storybook marriage take a sudden, alarming turn when she discovers her handsome husband is a Communist agent under orders to perform acts of espionage. Torn between alliegance to her heart and to her country, she harbors her terrible secret, hoping her spouse will change his traitorous ways. But when her knowledge is secret no longer, she soon becomes a target.
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Based on the novel by Humphrey Slater, "Conspirator", has a storyline often used in previous tense marital thrillers however here it is shaped in a very gripping manner that keeps your attention, in particular in the later part of the film when Elizabeth learns the truth about who her husband actually is. The duck shooting scene in particular is very tense and gripping and the tense feel to this second half really earns the film mor estars in my book.
Elizabeth's performance once again reveals what a fine actress she was. Considering she was only 16 or so when she made this film she does an excellent job against the well honed skills of Robert Taylor. The film benefits greatly from the fine English supporting cast and the location photography in England.
The film is an early but worthy introduction to older roles for Elizabeth and with such triumphs as "Father of the Bride" and "A Place in the Sun" just around the corner she was set for a smooth transition from her child performing years into adult roles.
A good film to include in your collection, done with all the care typical of MGM of that time. Enjoy it!
Went i saw it had to own it.
Miss Taylor was Great, Awesome, Classy playing a young American girl visiting England doing the War and meeting a traitor, a spy not knowing these things and falls in with love him.
She stood up for herself and her country.
Directed by Victor Saville
Flighty and immature American beauty, Melinda Greyton (Elizabeth Taylor) falls madly in love with a dashing but lonely English major, Michael Curragh (Robert Taylor). But Curragh has a secret: he's an agent for the Communists. Eventually Melinda realizes that he's a spy and she demands that he cease his traitorous activities. Meanwhile the Party-faithful decide that Curragh must do away with Melinda.
Elizabeth Taylor is beautiful and radiant, but it's Bob Taylor who gives one of his best performances, letting us peek into his character of a two sided coin within his mysterious life.
Interesting Cold War espionage story.
1. Victor Saville [aka: Victor Salberg] Director)
Date of Birth: 25 September 1895 - Birmingham, England, UK
Date of Death: 8 May 1979 - London, England, UK
2. Robert Taylor [aka: Spangler Arlington Brugh]
Date of Birth: 5 August 1911 - Filley, Nebraska
Date of Death: 8 June 1969 - Santa Monica, California
3. Elizabeth Taylor
Date of Birth: 27 February 1932 - Hampstead, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 23 March 2011 - Los Angeles, California
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 87 min on DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ~ (October 21, 2009)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of Taylor's lesser known films. Thank you Warner Archive for making it available.Published 9 months ago by Melinda
Amazing story that has two gorgeous and talented actors in the lead.The story is good.A tense suspense thriller with a few twists and turns. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. George
great plot and actors.liz taylor so beautiful and robert taylor so hansome.its a keep you glued to tv kind of movie.I was not bored once and will keep this one for my collection.Published on May 31, 2013 by julie montgomery
An indifferent transfer. The story's point is that love conquers political betrayal. Just wish this were so. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I purchased this movie because I had read about it, but had never seen it. The fact that it was made in England has a big impact on the overall look and sound of the film, when... Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by Thomas C. Hines
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