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Return of the Fly (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | July 1959 (USA)
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Philippe Delambre, the now-adult son of "The Fly", does some transportation experimentation of his own.


(as Edward L. Bernds)


(screenplay) (as Edward L. Bernds), (short story "The Fly")



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Complete credited cast:
David Frankham ...
Ronald Holmes, alias Alan Hinds
Insp. Beecham
Dan Seymour ...
Max Barthold
Cecile Bonnard
Jack Daly ...
Granville (reporter)
Janine Grandel ...
Mme. Bonnard
Michael Mark ...
Gaston (watchman)
Richard Flato ...
Sgt. Dubois
Gregg Martell ...
Barry Bernard ...
Lt. MacLish
Pat O'Hara ...
Insp. Evans
Francisco Villalobos ...
Joan Cotton ...


Fifteen years after his father's experiments with matter transmission fail, Philippe Delambre and his uncle François attempt to create a matter transmission device on their own. However, their experiments have disastrous results, turning Philippe into a horrible half-man, half-fly creature. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Release Date:

July 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El retorno de la mosca  »

Box Office


$225,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie double billed with The Alligator People (1959). See more »


When Francois and Philippe visit Andre's laboratory from the first film, the messages Andre wrote on the blackboard can still be seen. But at the end of the first film, Helene had told Inspector Charas she had rubbed them off the board to cover up Andre's experiment. See more »


[first lines]
Francois Delambre: [voice over] Here passes from this earth Helene Delambre, widow of my brother, Andre, whom I loved deeply, hopelessly. She was destroyed in the end by dreadful memories, a recollection of horrors that did not dim as the years went on, but instead grew monstrously, and left her mind shocked and unsteady, so that death, when it came, was a blessed release.
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Surprisingly GREAT sequel
25 May 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Granted, I initially feared that this film would be disastrous and a complete waste of time. All the available indicators pointed out that it was just an attempt to cash in on the huge success of the original "The Fly", release not even a year before: quickly scripted, re-using sets and scenery of the original and the plot sounded too much like a repeating of the events occurring in the first. Well, I'm more than happy to announce that I couldn't be more wrong! "Return of the Fly" is an excellent film and definitely worthy of its classic predecessor. It already opens terrific, with grim images of the funeral of Helene Delambre, the heroine of the first film. Her brother-in-law François is forced to tell Helene's son Philippe about the tragedy that overcame his father all those years ago. The fade of his father encourages Philippe – a devoted scientist as well – to continue and finish his work, accompanied by a friend and François himself. I won't spoil what happens next, as it's too different from what you expect and certainly worth fining out yourself. "Return of the Fly" is a great film for multiple reasons. First and foremost, there's the more extended role of Vincent Price. I can't explain what it is about him, but his inimitable charisma makes every movie he stars in a must-see and his monologues (although often about tedious substance) are compelling beyond words. Whatever he speaks about I hang on Vincent Price's lips! Another reason to state this film's greatness is the ingenious use of multiple subplots. Aside being a cool sci-fi adventure, the "Return of the Fly"-script also focuses on typical human greed, betrayal and phobias/ghosts from the past. For some reason (budget-related, perhaps?) it's entirely filmed in black and white, while the original was in color. That's hardly an obstacle, though, since it increases the eerie atmosphere immensely. Besides, the make-up effects are a lot more repellent in this sequel, so the lack of color also neutralizes the effect of the nasty "human fly" images. The ending comes rather abrupt, unfortunately and it's my own personal opinion that Brett Halsey can't handle the leading role David Hedinson did in the first. Luckily, there's the almighty Vincent Price for the good acting and the incredibly beautiful Danielle De Metz as eye-candy. In conclusion: you won't hear me say that "Return of…" outshines the original milestone, but it equally is a must for genre fans and I can't deny that it was more fun to watch. Highest possible recommendation!

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