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Writers:
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Release Date:
16 June 1952 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Paul Henreid ... Dr. Philip Ritter

Lizabeth Scott ... Alice Brent

André Morell ... David
Mary Mackenzie ... Lily Conover
John Wood ... Dr. John 'Jack' Wilson
Susan Stephen ... Betty

Arnold Ridley ... Dr. Russell
Cyril Smith ... Alf Bixby, Innkeeper

Diana Beaumont ... 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
Richard Wattis ... Mr. Wentworth, Store Manager
Dorothy Bramhall ... Miss Simpson - Receptionist
Janet Burnell ... Maggie Bixby
Grace Gavin ... Hospital Presurgical Nurse
William Murray ... Floor Walker
John Warren ... Railway Guard
Anna Turner ... Maid
Hal Osmond ... Photographer
Philip Vickers ... 1st Soldier
James Valentine ... 2nd Soldier
Howard Douglas ... 1st Farmer
Robert Brooks Turner ... 2nd Farmer (as Brookes Turner)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Arrow ... Jazz Club Patron (uncredited)
Frank Hawkins ... 2nd Commercial Traveller (uncredited)
John Lynn ... Jazz Club Patron (uncredited)
Bartlett Mullins ... 3rd Farmer (uncredited)
Jack Parnell ... Drummer in Jazz Club (uncredited)
Ronnie Scott ... Saxophonist in Jazz Club (uncredited)
Ben Williams ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
Martin Berkeley (screenplay) &
Richard H. Landau (screenplay)

Alexander Paal (original story) and
Steven Vas (original story)

Produced by
Anthony Hinds .... producer
 
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
 
Cinematography by
Walter J. Harvey (director of photography) (as Walter Harvey)
 
Film Editing by
Maurice Rootes 
 
Casting by
Nora Roberts 
 
Art Direction by
C. Wilfred Arnold  (as Wilfred Arnold)
 
Makeup Department
Bill Griffiths .... hair stylist
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Arthur Barnes .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jimmy Sangster .... assistant director
Bill Shore .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alec Gray .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bill Salter .... sound recordist
Percy Britten .... boom operator (uncredited)
Gordon Everett .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Bryan .... camera operator
Neil Binney .... focus puller (uncredited)
Tom Friswell .... clapper loader (uncredited)
John Jay .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... wardrobe: Lizabeth Scott
 
Editorial Department
Bill Lenny .... assembly editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bronwyn Jones .... musician: solo pianist (as Miss Bronwyn Jones)
London Philharmonic Orchestra .... music recorded by
Jack Parnell .... composer: specialty number
 
Other crew
Renée Glynne .... continuity (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
72 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
UK:PG | USA:Approved (Certificate #15740) | USA:Not Rated (DVD)

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Film debut of John Wood.See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Far-fetched but entertaining, 1 September 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Lizabeth Scott has "A Stolen Face" and also has the face that was stolen in this 1952 film also starring Paul Henreid and directed by Terence Fisher. Scott plays a beautiful concert pianist, Alice Brent, who meets Dr. Philip Ritter (Henreid), a plastic surgeon, while he's on vacation. They fall in love, but she leaves suddenly. She's involved with her manager and rather than confront the situation, she just takes off.

Devastated, Ritter returns to his practice, part of which is done at a prison where he reconstructs patients' injured or deformed faces to help them rehabilitate and live better, crime-free lives. One such patient is Lily Conover (Mary Mackenzie), a thief whose face is disfigured on one side. Ritter makes her over to look like Alice Brent and marries her. Lily, however, can't quite rehabilitate. She feels stifled by the doctor's lifestyle and starts stealing and hanging with her old crowd. Then Alice Brent decides she can't marry her manager and pays Philip a visit.

This film could be considered a camp classic - the story is, but the performances are quite good. Until he returns from vacation, Dr. Ritter is a fine doctor, totally professional and generous. A bad love affair makes him into an obsessed whacko who makes over a thief into the woman he loves and marries her. Go figure. And I agree with one of the comments here - why Alice Brent didn't cut and run when she realized what he did defies imagination.

Scott is older here than in her big noir days but is radiant and beautiful in both roles. She's more animated than in other films and pulls off the Cockney nicely. The only strange thing there was that when the makeover was complete, Lily suddenly had Alice's very distinctive husky voice.

Henried gives a good performance in an impossible role. How do you play a warm, normal, hardworking man who does a complete turnaround with no indication in the script as to where it came from, no tendencies beforehand, no grasping obsession during the affair - and suddenly a patient goes under the knife and emerges Lizabeth Scott. Only in Hollywood. I wouldn't have it any other way.

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