Betrayed (1954 film)
Betrayed is a 1954 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.)
Promotional movie poster for the film
|Directed by||Gottfried Reinhardt|
|Written by||Ronald Millar|
|Music by||Walter Goehr|
|Edited by||John D. Dunning|
Diana Coupland provided Turner's singing voice in the song, "Johnny Come Home".
Betrayed was spoofed in the film Top Secret! (1984).
Betrayed is an espionage thriller set in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, and revolves mostly around the Dutch resistance movement.
Dutch intelligence agent Pieter Deventer (Clark Gable) is ordered to keep an eye on suspected collaborator Fran Seelers (Lana Turner). Both Deventer and Seelers join the Dutch underground, making contact with a flamboyant resistance leader known as "The Scarf" (Victor Mature). Deventer also secretly goes back and forth to England to consult with a British General.
As "Carla Van Oven", Seelers' assignment is to use her feminine charms to gain the confidence of admiring Nazi officers and learn 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 concerning Seelers are correct, though he is strongly drawn to her. Ultimately, however, "The Scarf" is revealed to be the guilty collaborator and is executed by Deventer, allowing him and Seelers to be lovers.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
In a 1954 New York Times review, 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."
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- Crowther, Bosley (September 9, 1954). "'Betrayed,' War Story, Opens at the State". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
- Schallert, E. (1953, Jul 30). River boat perennial bought; london tale of reincarnation set. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/166494673
- Schallert, E. (1953, Aug 28). Vistarama exhibited; justin rival of power, spy role for widmark. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/166536709
- U.S. GROUP TO LEAVE FOR FILM IN AFRICA: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews Will Make 'Duel in Jungle' in Kruger National Park Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 18 July 1953: 6
- By THOMAS M PRYOR Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. (1954, Jan 27). CHAMPION TO FILM E. E. HALE CLASSIC. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/113154208
- By THOMAS M PRYOR Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. (1953, Dec 18). GREER GARSON TO DO A MOVIE IN ENGLAND. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/112727444