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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Philip Ritter
Alice Brent / Lily Conover
Mary Mackenzie ...
Lily Conover
John Wood ...
Dr. John 'Jack' Wilson
Dr. Russell
Alf Bixby, Innkeeper
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


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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Release Date:

16 June 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Máscara do Desejo  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When playing Lily Conover, Lizabeth Scott's voice is dubbed by Mary Mackenzie. See more »


References Joan of Arc (1948) See more »


Music by Eric Winstone
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Of No Consquence
20 March 2014 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Dr Phillip Ritter a gifted plastic surgeon falls in love with an American woman Alice Brent . There's a problem with this one sided love affair and that is Alice is about to get married to another man called David . Unable to forget Alice Dr Ritter experiments by using plastic surgery on a habitual criminal called Lily

Another early effort from Hammer studios before they moved in to the horror field and the most striking thing about STOLEN FACE is that it revolves around something that would have been total fantasy in 1952 and yet today is scientific fact - the face transplant . Okay you have to dismiss the reality which doesn't really tie in with the fictional portrayal as seen here but at least there's an element of imagination used . There's also a persuasive suggestion that ugly do ugly things such as crime due to an existentialist reaction as to how the world treats someone . This might be nonsense but is used as a running theme by some writers in their works most notably Colin Wilson . On top of that the idea of a man of science trying to benefit the human race and yet failing spectacularly would come to the fore from the Hammer studios later in the decade with their adaptations of THE QUATERMASS Experiment and FRANKENSTEIN so this has all the makings of a classic British thriller

There's a good film in here somewhere but is constantly sabotaged by fundamental flaws . Typical of the period there's not a big pool of genuine working class actors in British Equity so we get parodies of those " Cor blimey guv " type London accents which is distracting and undermines the whole character of Lily in particular . There's also the soundtrack by Malcolm Arnold which is painfully intrusive where no character can do anything on screen without a loud manipulative orchestra starting up telling the audience how they should feel . You also have to suspend disbelief in thinking why of all the patients he could have chosen Ritter has to choose Lily for his ulterior experiment / Obviously if he chose a law abiding girl there wouldn't have been a story but the story we get here is under developed , inconsequential and ultimately disappointing

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