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The Fake (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 25 September 1953 (USA)
An American has to guard da Vinci's "Madonna and Child" when it is being shown in Britain. When it arrives he suspects it is not the real painting.

Director:

Godfrey Grayson

Writers:

James Daplyn (original story), Patrick Kirwan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis O'Keefe ... Paul Mitchell
Coleen Gray ... Mary Mason
Hugh Williams ... Sir Richard Aldingham
Guy Middleton ... Smith
John Laurie ... Henry Mason
Gerald Case Gerald Case ... Peter Randall
Seymour Green Seymour Green ... Weston
Eliot Makeham ... George
Stanley Van Beers Stanley Van Beers ... Cartwright
Ellen Pollock Ellen Pollock ... Miss Fossett
Morris Sweden Morris Sweden ... Pettigrew
Dora Bryan ... Barmaid
Arnold Bell Arnold Bell ... Police Inspector
Philip Ray ... Bearded Tramp
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Art Salesman
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Storyline

An American has to guard da Vinci's "Madonna and Child" when it is being shown in Britain. When it arrives he suspects it is not the real painting. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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painting | art theft | See All (2) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Damgali adam See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pax Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First film directed by Godfrey Grayson that was not made by Hammer Film Productions. See more »

Goofs

In the brief scene where Paul Mitchell goes to an art gallery looking for a work by Henry Mason, the shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving back and forth on the upper wall behind Mitchell and the gallery's proprietor. See more »

Quotes

Paul Mitchell: Mr. Randall, when you open the exhibition, you'll also be opening the strongbox.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: The producers wish to record their thanks to the board of trustees for their generous permission in allowing them to photograph certain sequences of this film in the Tate Gallery. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ring of Fear (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Pictures at an Exhibition
Music by Modest Mussorgsky (as Moussorgsky)
Arranged and Conducted by Matyas Seiber
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One character pretty much ruined the movie.
25 August 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Dennis O'Keefe plays a man investigating the thefts of many of the great paintings of the world. It seems that someone is stealing them and substituting them with almost exact copies---and such a plot appears to be headed to the famed Tate Gallery in London.

I know that we Americans have a stereotype that we are loud, pushy and rather obnoxious. I really don't think it's that true--though we certainly can be loud and a bit boisterous. However, someone must have told the writer of this film as well as Dennis O'Keefe that his character had to be EXTRA loud, push and obnoxious...as well as almost constantly pushes himself on a woman throughout much of the movie! Because he comes off as so boorish and creepy, he and his character pretty much ruin what COULD have been a very good film. Instead, it's like a training film used by companies to educate their employees about the dangers of sexual harassment.


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