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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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6 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Crown of Thorns  »

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$1,163,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The original story by Tom Reed and legendary Broadway producer Jed Harris was called "Crown of Thorns" and was purchased by MGM in April 1950 for $60,000. The story has some resemblances to the real life theft of the famous "Mona Lisa" painting. See more »

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Felix Guignol: Dear boy, when you ask for money, you're appealing to the most unresponsive side of my nature.
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Good screenplay saves slight story
23 February 2003 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Richard Brooks wrote and directed this early example of the caper film. Stewart Granger plays a canny art thief who, with the help of an innocent Pier Angeli, tries to pawn off a reproduction to his client, Kurt Kaszner. The story is admittedly thin but there's some great repartee, especially amongst the troika of bad guys played by George Sanders, Norman Lloyd, and Mike Mazurki. And really, how can you go wrong with a threesome that sinister? Robert Surtees' cinematography is excellent and takes reasonable advantage of location work in Italy, Sicily, and Tunisia. All in all, its better than you might think (and certainly better than the other two reviews for the film indicate).


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