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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 »
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....said the spider to the fly. See more (98 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)

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:
3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)
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:
Michael Rennie was offered the title role but declined it because his head would be covered thru most of the picture.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: A fly's vision is not comprised of several different images like we see in the film.See more »
Quotes:
Insp. Charas:He put his head and his arm under the press. Why?
Helene Delambre:I cannot answer that question; coffee, Inspector?
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
....said the spider to the fly., 13 December 2002
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"The Fly" is one of the better giant insect movies of the 50s. It starts out with the discovery by a night watchman of the grisly killing of scientist Andre Delambre (Al Hedison aka David Hedison) apparently at the hands of his wife Helene (Patricia Owens). She calls Andre's brother Francois (Vincent Price) to tell him of the tragedy. Francois in turn, calls in Inspector Charas (Herbert Marshall) and together they question Helene to try to find out what happened.

In a flashback, we learn that Andre had been experimenting with transporting matter at light speed from one point to another. When he reached the stage of using a human in the tests, he had used himself. Unfortunately, when he transported himself, unbeknownst to him a common fly had been in the disintegrator with him. When they re-integrated things were not quite as they had been before. Of course no one really believes Helene's story until Francois and the Inspector are shown the unfortunate fly by Andre and Helene's son Philippe (Charles Herbert).

Director Kurt Neumann builds up the suspense by first letting us guess what has happened in the laboratory and then delaying the unmasking of Andre as long as possible. That scene reminded me of the unmasking of the Phantom in Lon Chaney's "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925). The wide screen is used to great effect in that scene when Helene first sees what has happened to her husband, and we then see multiple images of her, much in the way that we believe a fly would see it, screaming in terror.

The fly makeup was, I thought, quite convincing and who can ever forget the final scene when a spider is closing in on the title character (Help me, please...Help me..).

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