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The Fake

1953

Godfrey Grayson
Director
Pax Films
Production Company
United Artists
Distributor

American insurance man has to find a stolen Da Vinci painting when the original is replaced with a forgery at the Tate Museum.

Quite passable B-movie, certainly nothing original and full of plot holes, but affable and amusing. Benefits from location shooting at the actual Tate and a canny use of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition."

Note: The US version runs about 11 minutes shorter, so the scenes with Philip Ray playing a tramp were obviously deleted.

-Dave W.



1953
Cinema



80 mins
1.37:1


25th September 1953
Cinema

Not Rated

69 mins
1.37:1



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Dennis O'Keefe
Paul Mitchell
Coleen Gray
Mary Mason
Hugh Williams
Sir Richard Aldingham
Guy Middleton
Smith
John Laurie
Henry Mason
Gerald Case
Peter Randall
Seymour Green
Weston
Eliot Makeham
George, Pavement Artist
Stanley Van Beers
Cartwright
Ellen Pollock
Miss Fossett
Dora Bryan
Barmaid
Arnold Bell
Police Inspector
Philip Ray
Bearded Tramp
[scenes deleted in US version]
Morris Sweden
Pettigrew
Michael Ward
Art Salesman
Clifford Buckton
Fred, Lodging House Keeper
Leslie Phillips
Boy Student
Billie Whitelaw
Waitress
Marianne Stone
Girl Student
(as Marianne Noelle)
John Wadham
Thug
Harold Sanderson
Stevedore
(uncredited)
Unknown Male 30
Stevedore
(uncredited)
Jim Brady
Stevedore
(uncredited)
Jim Tyson
Stevedore
(uncredited)
Leonard Sharp
Jackson, Tate Gallery Attendant
(uncredited)
Unknown 5984-01
Howard, Tate Gallery Attendant
Unknown Male 45
Museum Visitor
Unknown 5984-02
Museum Visitor
Hyma Beckley
Museum Visitor
(uncredited)
Unknown Female 15
Museum Visitor
Robert Gregory
Museum Visitor
(uncredited)
Unknown 5984-03
Snooty Woman Calling for Waiter
Dido Plumb
Museum Visitor
(uncredited)
Tony Castleton
Museum Visitor
(uncredited)
Unknown 5984-04
Museum Visitor
Tom Clegg
Thug (uncredited)
Guy Deghy
Lost Foreigner
(uncredited)
Frank Atkinson
Tate Gallery Attendant
(uncredited)
Unknown 5984-05
Tate Gallery Attendant
Unknown 5984-06
Boy Student
Johnnie Schofield
Tate Gallery Attendant
(uncredited)
Unknown 5984-07
Pub Customer
Unknown 5984-08
Lodging House Resident
Unknown 5984-09
Lodging House Resident
Unknown Male 52
Lodging House Resident
Joe Wadham
Policeman
(uncredited)
Beatrice Kane
Schoolteacher
(uncredited)

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