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The Spider and the Fly (1949)

A clever and dedicated French police official, a cleverer master-thief whom he secretly admires, the woman loved by the official who is in love with the thief, at the outbreak of World War I.

Director:

Robert Hamer

Writers:

Robert Westerby (screenplay), Robert Westerby (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Portman ... Fernand Maubert
Guy Rolfe ... Philippe Lodocq
Nadia Gray ... Madeleine Saincaize
George Cole ... Marc - A Detective
John Carol John Carol ... Jean Louis / Alfred Louis
Harold Lang Harold Lang ... Belfort - The Pickpocket
Edward Chapman ... Minister for War
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham ... Colonel de la Roche
John Salew John Salew ... Minister's Secretary
May Hallatt ... Monique
James Hayter ... Mayor
Arthur Lowe ... Town Clerk
Patrick Young Patrick Young ... Captain le Maitre
Sebastian Cabot ... Prefect at Amiens
Jeremy Spenser ... Jacques - The Boy in Church
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A clever and dedicated French police official, a cleverer master-thief whom he secretly admires, the woman loved by the official who is in love with the thief, at the outbreak of World War I.

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Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1949 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Meisterdieb von Paris See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Fernand Maubert: How did you get into that bank Philippe?
Philippe Lodocq: Every time a safe is opened, you think I did it.
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Soundtracks

Symphony
(uncredited)
Written by André Tabet, Roger Bernstein, Alex Alstone and Jack Lawrence
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Great performances, tension, and atmosphere.
19 October 2013 | by robertino1954See all my reviews

This is an unusual film from the highly-rated Robert Hamer containing two superb performances from Eric Portman and the statuesque Guy Rolfe. Rolfe is a revelation in that he is in no way overshadowed by Portman and his physical presence dominates his scenes. The script matches the performances and the locations, direction, lighting, and camera-work ensure is it wholly convincing throughout. Set in France just before and during the Great War, there are some truly tense and suspenseful scenes and the film holds you from start to finish. It is a picture which, because of its unusual atmosphere and setting, together with the performances and story-line, stays with you. The last two scenes are touching and beautifully played. Why more was not made of Guy Rolfe's talent and presence by giving him more prime roles in his career is a mystery to me. Try not to miss this one.


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