Promotional movie poster for the film
|Directed by||Gottfried Reinhardt|
|Written by||Ronald Millar|
|Music by||Walter Goehr|
|Edited by||John D. Dunning|
Betrayed is a 1954 Eastmancolor war drama film directed by Gottfried Reinhardt from a screenplay by Ronald Millar and George Froeschel, and starring Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Victor Mature, and Louis Calhern. The musical score was by Walter Goehr and Bronislau Kaper, and the cinematography by Freddie Young. The picture, Gable's last for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, was filmed on location in the Netherlands and England, and was based on the story of turncoat Dutch resistance leader Christiaan Lindemans, also known as "King Kong". The supporting cast features O. E. Hasse, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Ian Carmichael, Niall MacGinnis, and Theodore Bikel. Betrayed was the fourth and final movie in which Gable played opposite Turner, and their third pairing set during World War II. (They played comrades, not simply lovers, in all three war films.)
Diana Coupland provided Turner's singing voice in the song "Johnny Come Home".
Betrayed is an espionage thriller set in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, and revolves mostly around the Dutch resistance movement.
Colonel Pieter Deventer (Clark Gable) is an intelligence agent of the exiled Dutch government, working to liberate his homeland from Nazi occupiers. He divides his time between secret missions in the Netherlands and trips to England to consult his superiors and a British general. Deventer is ordered to keep an eye on singer Fran Seelers (Lana Turner), who's suspected of collaborating with the Germans. Both Deventer and Seelers join the shadowy Dutch underground, making contact with a flamboyant resistance leader known as "The Scarf" (Victor Mature).
As "Carla Van Oven", Seelers is assigned is to use her feminine charms to gain the confidence of Nazi officers and gather information. In one scene, resistance fighters burst into a lavish dinner party where Seelers is singing, and shoot Nazi officers. Within the next few weeks, however, a considerable number of underground operatives are captured and shot while carrying out ambushes and sabotage missions. It begins to look as though Deventer's suspicions about Seelers were correct, which weighs on his heart, because the two have fallen in love.
Ultimately, as Allied troops and the local resistance begin to turn the tide against the Nazis, "The Scarf" is revealed to be the real collaborator, and Deventer executes him. Seelers, who had loyally served the underground and almost been killed, turns up safe with British troops, and the two lovers are reunited.
- Clark Gable as Colonel Pieter Deventer
- Lana Turner as Carla Van Oven
- Victor Mature as "The Scarf"
- Louis Calhern as General Ten Eyck
- O. E. Hasse as Colonel Helmuth Dietrich
- Wilfrid Hyde-White as General Charles Larraby (credited as Wilfrid Hyde White)
- Ian Carmichael as Captain Jackie Lawson
- Niall MacGinnis as "Blackie"
- Nora Swinburne as "The Scarf's" Mother
- Roland Culver as General Warsleigh
- Leslie Weston as "Pop"
- Christopher Rhodes as Chris
- Lily Kann as Jan's Grandmother (credited as Lilly Kann)
- Brian Smith as Jan
- Anton Diffring as Captain Von Stanger
The film was at one stage known as The True and the Brave, with Kirk Douglas mentioned as a possible star. Richard Widmark was at one stage a forerunner for the part played by Victor Mature. Ava Gardner was to play the female lead, but was eventually replaced by Lana Turner.
Filming took place in late 1953 and early 1954, on location in Holland and England.
It was the final film Gable made for MGM under his contract, which ended in March 1954.
According to MGM records, the film earned $1,966,000 in the US and Canada, and $2,211,000 overseas, resulting in a profit of $821,000.
In a 1954 review in The New York Times, critic Bosley Crowther wrote: "By the time this picture gets around to figuring out whether the betrayer is Miss Turner or Mr. Mature, it has taken the audience through such a lengthy and tedious amount of detail that it has not only frayed all possible tension, but it has aggravated patience as well. Miss Turner and Mr. Gable have had many long-winded talks; Mr. Mature has thumped his chest like Tarzan and bellowed his boasts a score of times. An excess of espionage maneuvering has been laid out on the screen. The beauties of the countryside of the Netherlands have been looked at until they pall."
Betrayed was released on DVD and digital download on March 23, 2009, as part of the Warner Archive.
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