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(aka "The Traitor" )

 

directed by Michael McCarthy
UK 1957

 

"The Accursed" is a kind of old dark house mystery. A group of men who were in the World War 2 underground meet at Wolfit's invitation. His goal is to ferret out the man who betrayed their leader. On his way from the continent is a man who knows who did this. However, he is murdered on Wolfit's doorstep.

Robert Bray, an American intelligence officer, arrives too, and he also seeks the betrayer.

One more murder occurs before the person responsible is uncovered.

I watched this for the acting of Wolfit, a standout in "Room at the Top", but the cast also includes Christopher Lee, Karel Stepanek and Anton Diffring, and Robert Bray is cogent. I also watched it as a possible film noir. It pretty much measures up on that dimension too. The piano prelude is very nice and supports a noir atmosphere, as do the fear and suspicion of all those involved.

Excerpt of review from msroz for imdb.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: March 1957 (UK)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:13:27
Video

1:78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.76 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:78:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: August 13th, 2013
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Chapters 8

 

Comments

The Accursed, an American title for British noir whodunit The Traitor, in an Agatha Christie-mold with a much lower body count, featuring a great cast that includes Christopher Lee, Donald Wolfit, Robert Bray, Carl Jaffe, Anton Diffring, Oscar Quitak and the lone female in this bunch, Jane Griffiths.

 

The film has been available in UK with its British title from Renown Pictures since 2011, but we could not obtain it to compare to this stateside release from Warner Archives on made-on-demand disc. The single-layered disc features a newly restored enhanced image with very little damage; good contrast and strong blacks give it a noir atmosphere that can be much better appreciated in its theatrical aspect ratio. The dialogue-heavy mono soundtrack is decent, with no damage and per usual practice, there are no subtitles or closed captioning provided for this release.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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