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The Thief ()


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A chance accident causes a nuclear physicist selling top secret material to the Russians to fall under FBI scrutiny and go on the run.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations.
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Allan Fields
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Mr. Bleek
Harry Bronson ...
Harris
Rita Grapel ...
Miss Philips (as Rita Vale)
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Beal
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The Girl
John McKutcheon ...
Dr. Linstrum
Joe Conlin ...
Walters
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Directed by

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Russell Rouse

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Clarence Greene ... (written for the screen by) and
Russell Rouse ... (written for the screen by)

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Clarence Greene ... producer
Harry M. Popkin ... executive producer

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Herschel Burke Gilbert

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Sam Leavitt ... director of photography

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Chester W. Schaeffer ... (as Chester Schaeffer)

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Joseph St. Amand

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Murray Waite

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Maurie M. Suess ... production supervisor

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Leon Chooluck ... assistant director
Robert G. Stone ... assistant director

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Mac Dalgleish ... sound recordist
Gene Fowler Jr. ... sound effects editor
Robert Oberbeck ... sound effects editor
Robert B. Warwick Jr. ... sound effects editor (as Robert Warwick Jr.)

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Henry Maak ... chief grip
Homer Plannette ... chief electrician (as Homer Planette)

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Maria P. Donovan ... wardrobe: women (as Maria O. Donovan)

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Herschel Burke Gilbert ... conductor
Joseph Mullendore ... orchestrator
Walter Sheets ... orchestrator
Lawrence Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Mullendore ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

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Winston Jones ... assistant to producer
Harry M. Popkin ... presenter

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • L'espion (France)
  • El espía (Spain)
  • Вор (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Крадецът (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • De spioen (Belgium, Flemish title)
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  • 86 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Referenced in Face of the Frog (1959). See more »

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