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Stolen Face (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 16 June 1952 (USA)
A doctor repairs a female inmate's disfigured face to match the lovely woman who left him, and marries her, only to find out how abusive she is.

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Dr. Philip Ritter
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Alice Brent / Lily Conover
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David
Mary Mackenzie ...
Lily Conover
John Wood ...
Dr. John 'Jack' Wilson
Susan Stephen ...
Betty
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Dr. Russell
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Alf Bixby, Innkeeper
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May
Terence O'Regan ...
Pete Snipe
Russell Napier ...
Det. Cutler
Ambrosine Phillpotts ...
Miss Patten - Fur Department Clerk
Everley Gregg ...
Lady Millicent Harringay
Alexis France ...
Mrs. Emmett
John Bull ...
Charles Emmett
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A plastic surgeon has a brief fling with a concert pianist, then she leaves him to go back to her previous boyfriend. In order to "keep" her, he operates on a patient--a female criminal on the run--and changes her face to duplicate his former lovers. Trouble ensues when the pianist returns to him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A criminal psychopath ... remodeled for love. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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16 June 1952 (USA)  »

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A Máscara do Desejo  »

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When playing Lily Conover, Lizabeth Scott's voice is dubbed by Mary Mackenzie. See more »

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Edited into ITV Television Playhouse: Stolen Face (1956) See more »

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Rarely mentioned—for good reason.
26 November 2012 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

When his proposal of marriage to American pianist Alice Brent (Lizabeth Scott) is rejected, successful plastic surgeon Dr Philip Ritter (Paul Henried) uses his skill with a scalpel to turn scarred, psychotic, habitual thief Lily Conovor (Mary Mackenzie) into the spitting image of his beloved and marries her instead; but as the saying goes, beauty is only skin deep, and despite her angelic looks Lily is still a hard-living slag on the inside and soon returns to her old ways, fraternising with her friends from the criminal community. So far, so far fetched, but matters get even more complicated for Phil when Alice comes back to him, having changed her mind about marriage...

With its themes of vanity, obsession and madness, early Hammer production Stolen Face could be seen as a precursor to the French classic Les Yeux Sans Visage (1960) or the wonderfully deviant Corruption (1968), as well as an indicator of the darker direction that the studio would eventually take; unfortunately, the film is neither stylish nor sleazy like the aforementioned titles, instead occupying mediocre melodramatic potboiler territory, and despite solid direction from Hammer stalwart Terence Fisher and a decent cast (Scott does particularly well in her dual role, convincingly pulling off a Cockney accent), it all makes for a rather unmemorable experience. The ending is particularly dumb, with all manner of contrivances resulting in a predictably happy ending for Alice and the good doctor.


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