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The Fake (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 25 September 1953 (USA)
An American has to guard da Vinci's "Madonna and Child" when it is being shown in Britain. When it arrives he suspects it is not the real painting.

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Paul Mitchell
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Mary Mason
Hugh Williams ...
Sir Richard Aldingham
Guy Middleton ...
Smith
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Henry Mason
Gerald Case ...
Peter Randall
Seymour Green ...
Weston
Eliot Makeham ...
George
Stanley Van Beers ...
Cartwright
Ellen Pollock ...
Miss Fossett
Morris Sweden ...
Pettigrew
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Barmaid
Arnold Bell ...
Police Inspector
Philip Ray ...
Bearded Tramp
Michael Ward ...
Art Salesman
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An American has to guard da Vinci's "Madonna and Child" when it is being shown in Britain. When it arrives he suspects it is not the real painting. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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25 September 1953 (USA)  »

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Film debut of Billie Whitelaw. See more »

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In the brief scene where Paul Mitchell goes to an art gallery looking for a work by Henry Mason, the shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving back and forth on the upper wall behind Mitchell and the gallery's proprietor. See more »

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Good British US Mystery
21 February 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Dennis O'Keefe stars as a self proclaimed adventurer who is interested in the $50,000 reward for the recovery of stolen da Vinci paintings. His investigation leads him to London's Tate Museum where he arrives just in time to prevent another theft. The thieves method of operation is to break into the museum, steal the masterpiece, and replace it with an excellent forgery.

The film is set up in such a way that it is obvious that someone connected to the Tate is the thief O'Keefe seeks. Is it the pretty Tate employee (played by Colleen Gray), whose father just happens to be an excellent painter? Or the Tate's own investigator, played by that excellent actor, Guy Middleton? This film is no masterpiece by any means, but still an enjoyable mystery. The film is shot in England with some scenes located right in the Tate Museum. O'Keefe and Gray have a nice chemistry together and the British actors in the character roles are excellent as one would expect.


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