|Directed by||Michael McCarthy|
|Produced by||Edwin J. Fancey|
|Written by||Michael McCarthy|
|Music by||Jackie Brown|
|Edited by||Monica Kimick|
|Distributed by||Allied Artists (US)|
The Traitor is a 1957 British film noir drama film directed by Michael McCarthy and starring Donald Wolfit, Robert Bray, Jane Griffiths and Anton Diffring. The film was also shown in the US with the title The Accursed. It was not released in the US until 1960.
- Donald Wolfit as Colonel Charles Price
- Robert Bray as Major Shane
- Jane Griffiths as Vicki Toller
- Carl Jaffe as Professor Stefan Toller
- Anton Diffring as Joseph Brezina
- Christopher Lee as Doctor Neumann
- Oscar Quitak as Thomas Rilke
- Karel Štěpánek as Mayor Friederich Sudermann
- Frederick Schiller as Alfred Baum
- Rupert Davies as Clinton, the butler
- John Van Eyssen as Lieutenant Bobby Grant
- Colin Croft as Theodore Dehmel
The film's title music, "Prelude Without A Name", and incidental music were written and conducted by Jackie Brown. The solo pianist was Dennis Wilson.
[[Sky Movieswrote, "The specially written musical piece, Prelude, which has a vital part to play in the plot's unfolding, is hauntingly appealing. But too much talk tends to spoil the script's surprises." The Radio Times noted, "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." TV Guide concluded, "This is an offbeat espionage whodunit with some nervy moments."
Around the film
- On a very similar plot line, the French filmmaker Julien Duvivier directed in 1959 Marie-Octobre, also known as Secret Meeting, starring Danielle Darrieux and based on a novel by Jacques Robert published in 1948.
- Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.