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Stolen Face (1952)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  16 June 1952 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Cyril Smith ...
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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Treachery wears a Stolen Face. See more »

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16 June 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Máscara do Desejo  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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

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References Joan of Arc (1948) See more »

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Saratoga
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Music by Eric Winstone
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Not bad
16 May 2009 | by (London) – See all my reviews

In 1950, American producer Robert Lippert formed a business alliance with Hammer studios. Under the agreement, Lippert would provide American acting talent - frequently shop-worn stars or just supporting actors who fancied a profitable trip out of the country - while Hammer would supply the rest of the cast and the production facilities. Together they would split the profits. Famous for his concern with the bottom line, Lippert produced over 140 films between 1946 and 1955, characteristically genre pieces such as I Shot Jesse James or Rocketship XM. For the British deal, most of the films were noir-ish thrillers - and include this title.

Stolen Face (1952) offers the characteristic noir idea of loss, or confusion, of identity often through surgery, as seen in the plots of such titles as Dark Passage (1947), or Hollow Triumph (1958). In the present film, which has echoes of both Pygmalion and Vertigo, a plastic surgeon falls in love with a concert pianist during a vacation, thinks he has lost her to another man, and sets to copy her features when restoring the looks of another woman - incidentally a habitual criminal

  • whom he thereupon marries. If this sounds far fetched, then it is,


but is carried of well enough by the two leads Paul Henreid and Lizabeth Scott, who between them produce sympathetic moments enough during early scenes that almost makes one forget limitations elsewhere. Another standout element of this film is the musical score by the late Malcom Arnold. There is also an interestingly ambiguous ending.


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