Carla Van Oven becomes an allied spy in Holland during WW2, although she is suspected of having cooperated with and taken help from the Nazis. Colonel Pieter Deventer of Dutch Intelligence agrees that she may train to join a team in the resistance movement. The team starts to suffer heavy losses after she has joined them. Is she a traitor?
Clark Gable ... Col. Pieter Deventer
Lana Turner ... Carla Van Oven
Victor Mature ... 'The Scarf'
Louis Calhern ... Gen. Ten Eyck
O.E. Hasse ... Col. Helmuth Dietrich
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Gen. Charles Larraby (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Ian Carmichael ... Capt. Jackie Lawson
Niall MacGinnis ... Blackie
Nora Swinburne ... The Scarf's Mother
Roland Culver ... Gen. Warsleigh
Leslie Weston ... Pop
Christopher Rhodes ... Chris
Director: Gottfried Reinhardt
Codecs: DivX 5 / MP3
"Betrayed" stars Clark Gable in his last film for MGM, after which his contract was not renewed. I love the way these studios managed to forget the very people who made them great and kept them solvent during some hard years, but there you go. Gable deserved better for his last film - though it is beautifully photographed in color on location and has a star cast, he doesn't really have much of a role.
With Gable is another star on unsure footing at MGM - Lana Turner, who by 1954 had committed the unforgivable sin of being over 30 and therefore on her way out as far as Dore Schary was concerned. Victor Mature and Louis Calhern round out the all-star cast. Turner, as the widowed Carla van Oven, is sent into Holland as a liaison between a resistance fighter, The Scarf (Mature) and the British. When it becomes apparent that someone is betraying the resistance, Deventer (Gable), who trained Carla and fell in love with her, begins to suspect she's spying for the Nazis.
The story gets a little confusing but all in all, it's fairly routine stuff, and all these actors have appeared in stronger vehicles. It is lovely to look at, however. And Turner, as a brunette, looks beautiful and, though it's wartime, has some glamor moments as well. Gable at 53 was probably a little past it for his role, but he has a commanding presence. Mature does a good job as the wild resistance fighter.
Clark Gable and Turner both gave MGM their best years. "Betrayed" turned out to be an apt title for both of them.
# Clark Gable's last picture under his MGM contract. He first signed with the studio in 1930 (he'd first appeared at the studio as an extra in The Merry Widow (1925)). By the 1950's his box office was spotty and MGM found it difficult to justify his $500,000 per year salary. Gable too was anxious to enter into far more lucrative percentage deals and would do so exclusively for the remaining 6 years of his life.
# Gregory Peck was originally slated for the lead part, with Richard Widmark (borrowed from Twentieth Century-Fox) and Ava Gardner co-starring.