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The Thief (1952)

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A chance accident causes a nuclear physicist selling top secret material to the Russians to fall under FBI scrutiny and go on the run.

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Interesting, but sometimes slow film about a nuclear physicist working in Washington DC who also spies for some unnamed foreign country. It does have a rather funny, patriotic/propagandist ending. It's most interesting aspect is that it is filmed entirely without dialogue. Written by <kelloggs@ug.eds.com>

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NOT A WORD IS SPOKEN! (Original print ad - all caps) See more »

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15 October 1952 (USA)  »

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The Thief is one of the few films with synchronized sound to be made completely without spoken dialog. See more »

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Astounding piece of pure cinema
31 August 2001 | by (Appleton, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Why haven't I heard of this movie before? Not a single word spoken, yet every detail of the mental torture that Ray Milland endures as a seemingly unwilling Soviet spy is conveyed by his features and demeanor. Film review books call it tame, pretentious, uninspired. I suspect those reviewers (this means you, Lenny Maltin) have never actually watched "The Thief."


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