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The Light Touch (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 6 December 1951 (USA)
After a professional art thief steals a religious painting from an Italian museum, he tries to cheat his partner by claiming the painting was accidentally destroyed but his suspicious partner and the police are determined to find it.

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Sam Conride
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Anna Vasarri
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Felix Guignol
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Mr. Aramescu
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Lt. Massiro
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Mr. R.F. Hawkley
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Mr. MacWade
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Anton
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Charles
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Hamadi Mahmoud (as Albert Benastar)
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Sam and Felix are art thieves. Sam has just stolen a picture from a museum in Italy, but told Felix that it was lost in a boat accident. He wants copies made to sell while he will sell the original and get paid both ways. To find an artist, they pick the young, beautiful, naive Anna. When Anna has doubts, Sam strings her along and then marries her and go to Sicily on their honeymoon. Anna finds out that Sam is a thief and is very disappointed. Felix finds out that Sam has the original and is out to get it. The police are also waiting along with the buyer that Sam has for the painting. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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If she knew what he was, she'd never given him her youth and innocence!

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Crown of Thorns  »

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$1,163,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Felix Guignol: There are only two kinds of people: the impractical and the practical. And you cannot do business with the impractical. The best thing to do is to stay away from them. They confuse faith and ethics for business.
Sam Conride: Have you got a faith, Felix?
Felix Guignol: Certainly, my faith is that nothing is worth believing in. My faith is faithlessness, and so is yours. If we give that up, what are we going to live by? Man has to believe in something, even if it's nothing.
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Rarely seen -- and now we know why
4 July 2002 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

This could have been a reasonably good picture. Plot is fairly decent and location shooting is an added dimension. It is writer/director Richard Brooks second attempt at direction -- he got better. Stewart Granger has been better. The age difference between Grander and the young and naive Pier Angeli is simply too great and does not work like it did with Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn in "Love in the Afternoon." Kurt Kasznar is probably working as hard as he could in his first film since appearing as an uncredited child star, but I could have seen Sydney Greenstreet in his role instead (had that legendary actor not been done with films). I liked George Sanders -- but I ususally like him in almost anything. He is the one saving grace to the film. Joseph Calleia does a good job but see him instead as Sgt. Pete Menzies in "Touch of Evil." Same with Mike Mazurki -- see him as "the" Moose Malloy in "Murder My Sweet" instead. "E" web site says the film is not available on tape or DVD and does not provide you an opportunity to vote for it. Not much to recommend.


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