The Traitor (1957 film)

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The Traitor
"The Traitor" (1957).jpg
British theatrical poster
Directed by Michael McCarthy
Produced by Edwin J. Fancey
Written by Michael McCarthy
Starring Donald Wolfit
Robert Bray
Christopher Lee
Jane Griffiths
Music by Jackie Brown
Cinematography Bert Mason
Edited by Monica Kimick
Distributed by Allied Artists (US)
Release date
March 1957
Running time
88 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Traitor is a 1957 British drama film directed by Michael McCarthy and starring Donald Wolfit, Robert Bray, Christopher Lee and Karel Stepanek.[1] A former resistance fighters tries to discover the traitor who has betrayed his colleagues in the German resistance during the Second World War. The film was also shown in the US with the title "The Accursed." It was not released in the US until 1960.


Critical reception[edit]

Sky Movies wrote, "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";[2] and 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";[3] while TV Guide concluded, "this is an offbeat espionage whodunit with some nervy moments." [4]


  1. ^ "The Traitor". BFI. 
  2. ^ "The Traitor". 
  3. ^ "The Traitor". RadioTimes. 
  4. ^ "The Accursed". TV Guide. 


  • Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.

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