Betrayed (1954)





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Clark Gable's final effort for his longtime home studio MGM, Betrayed is an exciting espionage thriller set during World War II. Intelligence agent Gable is ordered to keep tabs on suspected Nazi collaborator Lana Turner (a brunette for the occasion). Both Gable and Turner join the Dutch underground, making contact with a flamboyant resistance leader known as "The Scarf" (Victor Mature). Turner poses as a sexy chanteuse, the better to gain the confidence of the lascivious Nazi officers. Within the next few weeks, several underground operatives are captured and shot, and it begins to look as though Gable's suspicions concerning Turner are correct. The real collaborator is revealed some twenty minutes before the finale, but the suspense level is expertly maintained throughout. The location-filmed Betrayed would later be mercilessly lampooned in the 1984 spy spoof Top Secret! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Clark Gable
as Pieter Deventer
Victor Mature
as "The Scarf"
Lana Turner
as Carla Van Oven
Louis Calhern
as Gen. Ten Eyck
O.E. Hasse
as Col. Helmut Dietrich
Wilfrid Hyde-White
as Gen. Charles Larraby
Ian Carmichael
as Capt. Jackie Lawson
Nora Swinburne
as The Scarf's Mother
Roland Culver
as Gen. Warsleigh
Lily Kann
as Jan's Grandmother
Anton Diffring
as Capt. Von Stanger
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Betrayed (1954) This is an early cloak and dagger romantic melodrama about the Dutch Underground and their British-based handlers during World War II. The Netherlands and British countrysides are beautifully photographed in Eastman-color. The action isn't too bad either. Colonel Pieter Deventer (Clark Gable) influences Holland socialite, Carla Van Oven (Lana Turner) to spy on the Nazis for Britain and Dutch Intelligence. Pieter trains Carla and their bond slowly develops into a love affair. He introduces her to the very gallant, and successful resistance leader (Victor Mature) known only as "The Scarf". Although a very effective resistance fighter, the Scarf is very flamboyant and is also very affectionate to his mother. Is there some kind of weird gay angle being portrayed here? I don't know, but Victor Mature sort of steals the show here. Unfortunately, as soon as Carla becomes their liaison, the resistance starts getting caught more and more as if someone is informing the Nazis of their plans. All three characters are under suspicion, but which one could it be?

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

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