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Stolen Face (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 16 June 1952 (USA)
A doctor repairs a female inmate's disfigured face to match the lovely woman who left him, and marries her, only to find out how abusive she is.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Martin Berkeley (screenplay), Richard H. Landau (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Henreid ... Dr. Philip Ritter
Lizabeth Scott ... Alice Brent / Lily Conover
André Morell ... David
Mary Mackenzie Mary Mackenzie ... Lily Conover
John Wood ... Dr. John 'Jack' Wilson
Susan Stephen ... Betty
Arnold Ridley ... Dr. Russell
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Alf Bixby, Innkeeper
Diana Beaumont ... May
Terence O'Regan Terence O'Regan ... Pete Snipe
Russell Napier Russell Napier ... Det. Cutler
Ambrosine Phillpotts ... Miss Patten - Fur Department Clerk
Everley Gregg ... Lady Millicent Harringay
Alexis France Alexis France ... Mrs. Emmett
John Bull John Bull ... Charles Emmett
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A plastic surgeon has a brief fling with a concert pianist, then she leaves him to go back to her previous boyfriend. In order to "keep" her, he operates on a patient--a female criminal on the run--and changes her face to duplicate his former lovers. Trouble ensues when the pianist returns to him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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He created a Love which turned to Hate. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Máscara do Desejo See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When playing Lily Conover, Lizabeth Scott's voice is dubbed by Mary Mackenzie. See more »

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Edited into ITV Television Playhouse: Stolen Face (1956) See more »

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Saratoga
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Music by Eric Winstone
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Make Over Madness.
25 August 2013 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Stolen Face is directed by Terence Fisher and adapted to screenplay by Martin Berkeley and Richard H. Landau from a story by Alexander Paal and Steven Vas. It stars Paul Henreid, Lizabeth Scott and André Morell. Music is by Malcolm Arnold and cinematography by Walter J. Harvey.

After meeting and falling in love with pianist Alice Brent (Scott), plastic surgeon Dr. Philip Ritter (Henreid) is crushed when she leaves him and reveals she's engaged to another man. Upon being introduced to facially disfigured female convict Lily Conover (Mary Mackenzie), Ritter decides to reconstruct her face to look exactly like Alice...

One of Hammer Film Productions ventures into B grade noir territory, Stolen Face is deliciously bonkers! Set up takes thirty minutes as couple meet in the lovely surroundings of an English country inn, they have whirlwind love and all is lovely and jaunty. Woman runs off to her other life, doctor doesn't think straight and obviously gets more than he bargained for when giving a Pygmalion make over to someone who he himself calls "an ugly social misfit". Original woman comes back into the picture, just as the good doctor's life is in turmoil, and we hurtle to a finale that is going to end bad for one of the three principals.

Ultimately, and if anyone is taking it seriously then they may need some sort of corrective surgery themselves, it's a fun cheapie that lacks the social nous of Behind the Mask (1941), or the psychological smarts of Vertigo (1958). It's driven by its gimmick and nothing else, Henreid and Scott play it right, the latter an American noir darling having fun in the dual role, while it serves as a learning curve for Fisher who would become one of Hammer's greatest horror directors some years later.

Not very noir in reality, certainly visually, and not very memorable all told. But still a decent enough time waster for those who enjoy those sort of mad premise movies that had a glint in their eye. 6/10


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