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Specter of the Rose (1946)

Approved  |   |  Music, Thriller  |  5 July 1946 (USA)
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Ballet dancer Sanine may have murdered his first wife. A detective thinks so, and he's not the only one. Sanine is charming, if a little peculiar. Haidi, a ballerina, marries him. The ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Michael Chekhov ...
Ivan Kirov ...
Andre Sanine
Viola Essen ...
Haidi
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Lionel Gans
Charles 'Red' Marshall ...
Specs McFarlan (as Charles Marshall)
George Shdanoff ...
Kropotkin (as George Shadnoff)
Billy Gray ...
Jack Jones
Juan Panalle ...
Jibby
Lew Hearn ...
Mr. Lyons
Ferike Boros ...
Mamochka
Bert Hanlon ...
Margolies
Constantine ...
Alexis Bloom
Fred Pollino ...
Giovanni (as Ferdinand Pollina)
Polly Rose ...
Olga
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Ballet dancer Sanine may have murdered his first wife. A detective thinks so, and he's not the only one. Sanine is charming, if a little peculiar. Haidi, a ballerina, marries him. The company takes its new production on tour. But Sanine's control seems to be slipping... Written by David Steele

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Spectre of the Rose  »

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Trivia

Ben Hecht appeared in a radio adaptation of the film for the series Inner Sanctum Mysteries on 8/19/1946. The script was adapted for radio by Robert Sloane. See more »

Quotes

Andre Sanine: Hug me with your eyes.
Haidi: I am.
Andre Sanine: Harder.
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Connections

Referenced in Baryshnikov: Live at Wolf Trap (1976) See more »

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Invitation to the Dance
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Music by Carl Maria von Weber
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Hilarious Camp
14 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

You must see this movie. We were baffled and amused by the incomprehensible dialogue, stone-faced acting, and ridiculous plot of this ballet/murder mystery written and directed by Ben Hecht(!?). Actually, we were more than amused, we were in physical pain from continual laughter!

Dame Judith Anderson manages to rise above this surreal debacle and provide an intelligent performance. On the other end of the scale is legendary acting teacher Michael Chekhov, nephew of Anton, who is so over-the-top that doubts arose in our minds about his acting theories.

The fact that Hecht, writer of hard-boiled cynical tales (The Front Page), would write such loopy dialogue leads us to theorize he meant this to be tongue-in-cheek. We can only hope.

See this film!


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