The Thief

  • Russell Rouse (1952)
  • US
  • 86 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

If you've ever cringed at the ridiculous dialogue in many Hollywood movies, this one may provide some relief. Ray Milland stars in a spy drama that features no dialogue at all, relying instead on narration, sound effects, creating the right ambience, and the intelligence of the audience. Milland is a nuclear physicist who turns traitor for the Russians, but then finds himself under investigation by the FBI and forced to go into hiding. The gimmick isn't entirely successful as it leaves Milland's motivation unclear, but it's worth a look.

Plot Summary

Spy drama starring Ray Milland as a scientist who plans to pass secrets to the Russians. When he becomes a target of the FBI, he has to go to extreme lengths to protect his liberty.

Cast and crew


Allan Fields
Ray Milland
Mr Bleek
Martin Gabel
The girl
Rita Gam
Harry Bronson
Dr Linstrum
John McKutcheon
Miss Philips
Rita Vale


Russell Rouse

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
United Artists Corp. Ltd