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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
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Sir Richard Aldingham
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Smith
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Henry Mason
Gerald Case ...
Peter Randall
Seymour Green ...
Weston
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George
Stanley Van Beers ...
Cartwright
Ellen Pollock ...
Miss Fossett
Morris Sweden ...
Pettigrew
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Barmaid
Arnold Bell ...
Police Inspector
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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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Crime | Drama

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Damgali adam  »

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Film debut of Billie Whitelaw. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

Pictures at an Exhibition
Music by Modest Mussorgsky (as Moussorgsky)
Arranged and Conducted by Matyas Seiber
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A Neat Little Number
27 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Forget the criticism about this motion picture "The Fake." This is a gem of a movie...with good characters,acceptable plot line and lots of British and American flavor. The male lead is a somewhat obnoxious--but charming--American private investigator who is attempting to solve the case of the disappearance of several Da Vinci paintings. Low budget, but still worthwhile (Hell, some low budget films have earned Oscars!)...and there are a few real chuckles...and some very neat scenes, such as the chemist's lab (took me back to my high school and college chemistry classes...and the Hollywood horror films of the fifties and sixties, with people like Vincent Price and Peter Cushing.. and the museum boiler room.

The romantic development is worthwhile too. Oh...black and white, so it has a film noir air about it. I liked the picture enough to burn to disc...and grinned through much of the action.


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