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The Fly (1958)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 16 July 1958 (USA)
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A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.

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Kurt Neumann

Writers:

James Clavell (screenplay), George Langelaan (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Hedison ... Andre Delambre (as Al Hedison)
Patricia Owens ... Helene Delambre
Vincent Price ... François Delambre
Herbert Marshall ... Insp. Charas
Kathleen Freeman ... Emma
Betty Lou Gerson ... Nurse Andersone
Charles Herbert ... Philippe Delambre
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Storyline

After her husband Andre Delambre is crushed to death in a mechanical press, his wife recounts to his brother Francois Delambre and police Inspector Charas the events of the previous few months. They were very much in love and with their little boy, a very happy family. Andre was experimenting with teleportation - transporting objects from one point to another by breaking the object down to the atomic level and then reassembling it in a receiver a distance away. The system had some glitches - it seemed to work with inanimate object but his cat disappeared when he tried teleporting it. He thinks he's solved all of the problems with his invention and decides to try and teleport himself. When a fly enters the teleportation device with him, disaster strikes. Written by garykmcd

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If she looked upon the horror her husband had become... she would scream for the rest of her life! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mosca See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film wasn't released in Spain until 1963, and then in a limited release and only in a subtitled version. See more »

Goofs

When he transports the cat and it doesn't make it to the other side, we hear the cat meowing, but how could the cat meow if it's disintegrated into atoms it wouldn't have a mouth or larynx. See more »

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Andre Delambre: It'd be funny if life wasn't so sacred.
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Fifty-Years Later, and It's Still Fun
18 May 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

No need to recap the plot. As I recall, this sci-fi epic played at our uptown theater, where prestige pictures normally played. Usually, we teenagers had to go to a drive-in to catch these 50's monster movies. But this one was produced by big-budget TCF and in Technicolor, unlike the usual Roger Corman low-budget b&w's. Plus, it got promoted more heavily than the usual under-the-radar sci-fi. I suspect big-budget MGM's success with Forbidden Planet (1956) had something to do with TCF's decision to join the swim.

On the whole, it's a good entry from that period, more carefully thought out than most, with a name cast, well almost. Patricia Owens (the wife) may not be a household name, but she does do a heckuva job in putting the material over. She's the pivotal character, and it's her range of reactions that almost make the premise believable. Plus, it's a very cleverly structured screenplay, hooking us right away and then explaining the mystery through flashback. On the downside is the rather bland Hedison. Seeing him now, after so many years, he doesn't seem the driven-genius type, his casting likely a gesture to commercialism.

A lot of folks find the climax amusing. And while the special effects are not very good, the idea itself is pretty effective as tragic outcome. On the whole, the movie may not reach the sustained intensity of the similar Incredible Shrinking Man (1957). Nonetheless, I still think my teenage fifty-cents was well spent.

(In passing-- I'm still wondering how our scientist gets a fly's head, but not its brain. After all, he does continue to reason. Oh well, no one watches these epics for their logic, then or now.)


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