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The Thief (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 10 October 1952 (USA)
A chance accident causes a nuclear physicist selling top secret material to the Russians to fall under FBI scrutiny and go on the run.

Director:

Russell Rouse

Writers:

Clarence Greene (written for the screen by), Russell Rouse (written for the screen by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Milland ... Allan Fields
Martin Gabel ... Mr. Bleek
Harry Bronson Harry Bronson ... Harris
Rita Grapel Rita Grapel ... Miss Philips (as Rita Vale)
Rex O'Malley ... Beal
Rita Gam ... The Girl
John McKutcheon John McKutcheon ... Dr. Linstrum
Joe Conlin Joe Conlin ... Walters
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Interesting, but sometimes slow film about a nuclear physicist working in Washington DC who also spies for some unnamed foreign country. It does have a rather funny, patriotic/propagandist ending. It's most interesting aspect is that it is filmed entirely without dialogue. Written by <kelloggs@ug.eds.com>

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NOT A WORD IS SPOKEN! (Original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

None

Release Date:

10 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hirsiz See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,000,000, 31 December 1952
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Thief is one of the few films with synchronized sound to be made completely without spoken dialog. See more »

Goofs

Martin Gabel's name is misspelled as "Martin Gable" in the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Face of the Frog (1959) See more »

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Top Cold War spy drama, with an interesting twist.
2 October 2003 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

Tense dark drama made in 1952 at the height of the Cold War about the shadowy world of espionage without a word of dialog makes "The Thief" a one-of-a-kind film.

Dr. Allan Fields, Ray Milland, has been spying for the Soviets by passing top secret documents from his position as a scientist at the Atomic Energy Commission, the AEC, to them. One afternoon in New York City one of Field's contacts is struck by a car and killed while he had in his possession a tin canister of microfilmed documents that Fields had given him. When the FBI finds out that the documents came from the AEC in Washington D.C they start to check out all those that are employed there and Fields seeing that the noose was closing in on him becomes a man on the run.

Good acting and great photography of Washington D.C and New York City with a dramatic and heart thumping action chase scene on top of the Empire State Building and the 86th floor observation deck that rivals the final moments of the movie "King Kong". The film also has something that was lacking in most spy movies at that time; a believable ending that wasn't overly contrived. Ray Milland showed in "The Thief" that he was as good a silent actor as a speaking one.


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