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Specter of the Rose (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Music | 5 July 1946 (USA)
Ballet dancer Sanine may have murdered his first wife. A detective thinks so, and he's not the only one. Sanine is charming, if a little peculiar. Haidi, a ballerina, marries him. The ... See full summary »

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Ben Hecht

Writer:

Ben Hecht (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Anderson ... Madame La Sylph
Michael Chekhov ... Max Polikoff
Ivan Kirov Ivan Kirov ... Andre Sanine
Viola Essen ... Haidi
Lionel Stander ... Lionel Gans
Charles 'Red' Marshall Charles 'Red' Marshall ... Specs McFarlan (as Charles Marshall)
George Shdanoff George Shdanoff ... Kropotkin (as George Shadnoff)
Billy Gray Billy Gray ... Jack Jones
Juan Panalle Juan Panalle ... Jibby
Lew Hearn ... Mr. Lyons
Ferike Boros ... Mamochka
Bert Hanlon Bert Hanlon ... Margolies
Constantine Constantine ... Alexis Bloom
Fred Pollino Fred Pollino ... Giovanni (as Ferdinand Pollina)
Polly Rose Polly Rose ... Olga
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Storyline

Ballet dancer Sanine may have murdered his first wife. A detective thinks so, and he's not the only one. Sanine is charming, if a little peculiar. Haidi, a ballerina, marries him. The company takes its new production on tour. But Sanine's control seems to be slipping... Written by David Steele

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BEN HECHT'S strange story of the ballet world See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spectre of the Rose See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Hecht appeared in a radio adaptation of the film for the series Inner Sanctum Mysteries on 8/19/1946. The script was adapted for radio by Robert Sloane. See more »

Quotes

Andre Sanine: Hug me with your eyes.
Haidi: I am.
Andre Sanine: Harder.
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Connections

Referenced in Baryshnikov: Live at Wolf Trap (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Invitation to the Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Carl Maria von Weber
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Gives new meaning to the term "camp".
9 June 2007 | by BrentCarletonSee all my reviews

18 years before Susan Sontag defined "camp" in her famous 1964 essay, Ben Hecht fully realized its on screen possibilities with his "The Spectre and the Rose." Words fail entirely to capture the fruity tongue in cheek ineptitude here--it must be seen to be believed.

Judith Anderson, who looks like a fortune teller for a rural traveling carnival, is worth the whole price of admission. She utters lines like: "We've eaten caviar and we've eaten sawdust," but, oops, that was actually Joan Crawford's line from "Berserk," (which is, in many ways, cut from the same cloth.)

Well, anyway, you get the point.


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