|GUILTY OF TREASON (director: Felix Feist; screenwriter: Emmett Lavery/story by Emmett/from the book "As We See Russia" by /The Overseas Press Club/Joszef Cardinal Mindszenty's personal papers; cinematographer: John Russell; editor: Walter Thompson; music: Emil Newman/Hugo Friedhofer; cast: Richard Derr (Soviet Col. Aleksandr Melnikov), Charles Bickford (Joszef Cardinal Mindszenty), Bonita Granville (Stephanie Varna), Paul Kelly (Tom Kelly), Berry Kroeger (Hungarian State Police Col. Timar), John Banner (Dr. Szandor Deste); Runtime: 86; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Robert Golden/Jack Wrather; Eagle-Lion Films; 1950)|
in showing the paranoia of the times."
by Dennis Schwartz
Feist ("Donovan's Brain"/"The Big Trees"/"The
Basketball Fix") directs this sobering anti-communist
and anti-soviet propaganda film about the Hungarian
Roman Catholic cardinal, Joszef Mindszenty
(Charles Bickford). The
outspoken Mindszenty complained about the Nazi
occupation and later the post-war Communist rule. He
was arrested and tortured by the Soviets, who under
duress got him to confess to the false charges of
treason. He became a symbol for Hungarian freedom when
after his release he took refuge in the American
Embassy in Budapest and remained there for years until
the end of the Soviet occupation.
done film, with poor production values. It also over
moralizes and veers off the path of reality to shoot
for thrills. But is effective in showing the paranoia
of the times.
Granville plays a young Hungarian teacher who
makes a public moral stand against Communism despite
her love for a Russian officer.
REVIEWED ON 5/17/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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