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Conspirator (1949)

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Elizabeth Taylor played her first grown-up romantic lead in the Anglo-American melodrama Conspirator. Taylor portrays Melinda Greyton, the new bride of highly respected Major Michael Curraugh (Robert Taylor). It comes as quite a jolt when Melinda learns that her husband is actually a spy for the communists (ironically, Robert Taylor had been one of the friendliest of friendly witnesses during the HUAC hearings.) Much of the film takes place in a picturesque Welsh village, an unusual setting for a tense espionage yarn. Reversing the usual MGM "tailor the story to the stars" formula, the storyline in Conspirator is sometimes more compelling than its leading players. Still, Liz Taylor acquitted herself nicely, proving that she'd have little difficulty tackling meaty dramatic roles in future films.

Cast

Elizabeth Taylor
as Melinda Greyton
Robert Taylor
as Maj. Michael Curragh
Robert Flemyng
as Capt. Hugh Ladholme
Harold Warrender
as Col. Hammerbrook
Marjorie Fielding
as Aunt Jessica
Thora Hird
as Broaders
Marie Ney
as Lady Pennistone
Wilfrid Hyde-White
as Lord Pennistone
Jack Allen
as Raglan
Cicely Paget-Bowman
as Mrs. Hammerbrook
Helen Haye
as Lady Witheringham
Cyril Smith
as Inspector
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Critic Reviews for Conspirator

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

In the unfolding of the major theme the story lacks dramatic intensity, and little effort is made to justify the action of the central character.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

The anguish of a young wife who discovers that her husband is a Soviet spy becomes an occasion of torment for all of us before the Capitol's new film runs its course.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A depressing film that might have made more sense with a screenplay by someone like Graham Greene.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TV Guide

An utterly dreadful spy/romance tale.

Full Review… | March 24, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Conspirator

In the unfolding of the major theme the story lacks dramatic intensity, and little effort is made to justify the action of the central character.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

what bothered me most was that elizabeth, playing an american, had more of an english accent than robert, who played an englishman. story wise, it could have been interesting but was lacking.

Vanessa T
Vanessa T
½

Elizabeth Taylor is amazingly lovely in this but the picture itself is rather ordinary.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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