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The Thief (1952)

The Thief





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Directed by and staring Ray Milland, The Thief is a film without any spoken dialogue, using only natural sound effects. Allan Fields (Ray Milland) is a nuclear physicist turned spy on the run from the police. While in hiding he enters into a affair with a woman (Rita Gam) and commits a murder. Rita Gam, in her screen debut, is very effective as the woman who tries to help him. The film, while an interesting experiment becomes tedious despite the chase sequences, which are quite well done and exciting . Miland gives a competent performance as the man on the run, from his actions and his conscience, but cannot save a film that plods along to a rather predictable ending. The Thief despite its fine performances remains a forgettable experiment in filmmaking.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Clarence Greene, Russell Rouse
In Theaters:
United Artists


Ray Milland
as Alan Fields
Martin Gabel
as Mr. Bleek
Rita Gam
as The Girl
John McKutcheon
as Dr. Linstrum
Rita Vale
as Miss Philips
Joe Conlin
as Walters
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Critic Reviews for The Thief

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One thing is certainly true, however. The film's tagline, 'The only motion picture of its kind,' is undeniable. The results make it clear why this is still the case.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A silent film in the true sense of a silent film.

Full Review… | February 23, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

August 27, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Thief

what a great youtube find: a spy film without a single word of dialogue. ray milland with his constant air of anxiety is perfect in the role of a nuclear physicist who is selling secrets, making anonymous contacts and watching his back. thrilling atmosphere of paranoia and isolation and not a dull moment; check it out

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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