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The Fly -- Trailer for this horror starring Vincent Price
The Fly -- The fly transports itself to reverse the effects from the previous transport.
The Fly -- The cat is lost in a failed teleportation experiment.
The Fly -- The fly is crushed by his wife.

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Director:
Writers:
George Langelaan (story)
James Clavell (writer)
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Release Date:
1958 (Norway) See more »
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Tagline:
If she looked upon the horror her husband had become... she would scream for the rest of her life! See more »
Plot:
A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Fifty-Years Later, and It's Still Fun See more (95 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Hedison ... Andre Delambre (as Al Hedison)
Patricia Owens ... Helene Delambre

Vincent Price ... François Delambre
Herbert Marshall ... Insp. Charas

Kathleen Freeman ... Emma
Betty Lou Gerson ... Nurse Andersone
Charles Herbert ... Philippe Delambre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugene Borden ... Dr. Ejoute (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Orderly (uncredited)
Arthur Dulac ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Lady at the Ballet (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Gaston (uncredited)
Franz Roehn ... Police Doctor (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Doctor (uncredited)
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Directed by
Kurt Neumann 
 
Writing credits
George Langelaan (story)

James Clavell (writer)

Produced by
Kurt Neumann .... producer
Robert L. Lippert .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
 
Cinematography by
Karl Struss 
 
Film Editing by
Merrill G. White 
 
Art Direction by
Theobold Holsopple 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Eli Benneche 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Adele Balkan 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Gertsman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Don Isaacs .... sound editor (uncredited)
Dick Jensen .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
James B. Gordon .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Orven Schanzer .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kathleen Fagan .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Clarence Marks .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
94 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:16+ | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | UK:PG (video re-rating) (2001) | USA:Approved (PCA #19036) | USA:TV-PG (tv rating) | West Germany:12 (f) (re-rating) | West Germany:16 (nf) (original rating)

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Trivia:
The teleportation that causes Andre and the fly to switch atoms is never seen.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Helen and her Son Phillipe try to catch the fly by spreading sugar on the table and the fly goes straight for it. Flies are not be attracted to refined crystalline sugar that has no evolutionary connection.See more »
Quotes:
François Delambre:You've commited murder just as much as Helene did. You killed a fly with a human head. She killed a human with a fly head.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Duke Nukem Forever (2011) (VG)See more »

FAQ

Is it possible to read Langelaan's short story online?
What is 'The Fly' about?
Who provided the voice for the fly screaming, "Help meeee!"?
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Fifty-Years Later, and It's Still Fun, 18 May 2011
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

No need to recap the plot. As I recall, this sci-fi epic played at our uptown theater, where prestige pictures normally played. Usually, we teenagers had to go to a drive-in to catch these 50's monster movies. But this one was produced by big-budget TCF and in Technicolor, unlike the usual Roger Corman low-budget b&w's. Plus, it got promoted more heavily than the usual under-the-radar sci-fi. I suspect big-budget MGM's success with Forbidden Planet (1956) had something to do with TCF's decision to join the swim.

On the whole, it's a good entry from that period, more carefully thought out than most, with a name cast, well almost. Patricia Owens (the wife) may not be a household name, but she does do a heckuva job in putting the material over. She's the pivotal character, and it's her range of reactions that almost make the premise believable. Plus, it's a very cleverly structured screenplay, hooking us right away and then explaining the mystery through flashback. On the downside is the rather bland Hedison. Seeing him now, after so many years, he doesn't seem the driven-genius type, his casting likely a gesture to commercialism.

A lot of folks find the climax amusing. And while the special effects are not very good, the idea itself is pretty effective as tragic outcome. On the whole, the movie may not reach the sustained intensity of the similar Incredible Shrinking Man (1957). Nonetheless, I still think my teenage fifty-cents was well spent.

(In passing-- I'm still wondering how our scientist gets a fly's head, but not its brain. After all, he does continue to reason. Oh well, no one watches these epics for their logic, then or now.)

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