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The Thief (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 10 October 1952 (USA)
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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$1,000,000, 31 December 1952
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1.37 : 1
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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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Martin Gabel's name is misspelled as "Martin Gable" in the closing credits. See more »

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Referenced in Face of the Frog (1959) See more »

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Great Location Shots
23 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

If you can get through the first 15 minutes or so of this film, you're in for a real treat. Once the film gets going, its quite enjoyable, with scenes shot in Washington DC, Times Square, and most notably, the Empire State Building back when it was the tallest skyscraper in the world. The scenes on the 88th floor are beautifully shot, an then we get to travel higher to the 102nd floor and beyond. Anyone who loves New York will love this stuff. As a film, the gimmick of no dialogue works fairly well, though there are some scenes where it just doesn't seem natural that nobody would say anything (Milland's encounter with Gam at the flophouse screams for dialogue). But Milland carries it off for the most part and makes "The Thief" well worth a look.


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