icon Film Profile: The Traitor - (1957)
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  • Director: Michael McCarthy
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery
  • Studio: E.J. Fancey Productions
  • Black & White | Duration: 95 Mins

Nuance was not Donald Wolfit's strong suit, but he had presence and power in spades. He totally dominates this story with a bluster and conviction that keeps an uninspiring tale of the hunt for a Second World War traitor from falling flat on its face. As he showed in Operation Amsterdam, writer/director Michael McCarthy had a splendid sense of place, but no talent whatsoever for generating and sustaining suspense. It was a smart move casting Wolfit, Christopher Lee and Anton Diffring as a trio of shifty-looking suspects, but it all too quickly becomes clear in which direction the finger is pointing.
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Cast List:
Colonel Price : Donald Wolfit
Major Shane : Robert Bray
Vicki Toller : Jane Griffiths
Professor Toller : Carl Jaffe
Joseph Brezzini : Anton Diffring
Thomas Rilke : Oscar Quitak
Clinton : Rupert Davies
Lt Grant : John Van Eyssen
Christopher Lee

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