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Sunday, August 22, 2010

CONSPIRATOR (1949)


This painfully unconvincing London-based thriller stars Elizabeth Taylor (in her first grown-up role) as a highly emotional teenage bride and Robert Taylor as her love-struck (and much older*) officer husband. Alas, their rapture is modified by his secret life as an ideologically committed Communist spy! It’s one of those pics where just about nothing works. The Taylors waggle their extravagant matching eyebrows at each other, but no sparks fly. In fact, Liz has no rapport with anyone in this film. And even though they really shot this in London (M-G-M had funds stuck in the U.K.), it feels like we’ve never left Culver City.

*Liz was actually 17 at the time, says she’s 18 in the film and looks a striking 24 or so. Robert was 37, says he's 31 and looks 51.

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