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The Thief

This has an offbeat approach to film story-telling (a complete absence of dialog), a good spy plot and a strong performance by Ray Milland.

With:
Ray Milland Rita Gam Martin Gabel Harry Bronson Rex O'Malley Rita Vale

This has an offbeat approach to film story-telling (a complete absence of dialog), a good spy plot and a strong performance by Ray Milland.

The film is not soundless. The busy hum of a city is a cacophonous note, a strident-sounding telephone bell plays an important part and, overall, there’s the topnotch musical score by Herschel Gilbert, sometimes used almost too insistently to build a melodramatic mood and in other spots softly emphasizing and making clear the dumb action of the players.

Missed in the story is the reason why Milland, a respected scientist in the field of nuclear physics, should turn traitor to his country and deliver its nuclear secrets to foreign agents.

Film introduces Rita Gam, NY actress, and in her three scenes as a temptress her personality impresses.

1952: Scoring of a Dramatic Picture

The Thief

Production: Fran/United Artists. Director Russell Rouse; Producer Clarence Greene; Screenplay Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene; Camera Sam Leavitt; Editor Chester Schaeffer; Music Herschel Burke Gilbert; Art Director Joseph St Amand

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1952. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: Ray Milland Rita Gam Martin Gabel Harry Bronson Rex O'Malley Rita Vale

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