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Specter of the Rose (1946)

Approved | | Music, Thriller | 5 July 1946 (USA)
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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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
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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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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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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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This dialog sounds simply insane....and I can only assume the screenwriter was!
14 December 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Andre is not a man...he is a shadow that flickers on the wall..."

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

Such is much of the dialog in this film. To be blunt, it's among the worst written dialog I've ever heard and it's often unintentionally funny. Because it is so incredibly bad, it makes it hard to believe that the dialog was written by the incredibly respected guy who wrote such classics as "The Front Page", "Kiss of Death" and many other good films. Perhaps the director should have stepped in and objected, but in this case Hecht was also the director! The bottom line is that the only reasons to watch the film are to laugh at the tripe they consider dialog or if you hated Hecht and wanted to see his worst. As for the story...who cares.


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