The Thief

The Thief

Russell Rouse (1952)

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Our Score
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.


An American nuclear scientist with communist sympathies embarks on a dangerous enterprise when he agrees to pass on atomic secrets to foreign paymasters. Having completed his mission, he lies low and prepares to flee the country. However, an unexpected incident at the last moment sets the FBI on his trail. Cold War spy thriller, with Ray Milland, Martin Gabel and Rita Gam.

Cast & Crew

Allan Fields Ray Milland
Mr Bleek Martin Gabel
The girl Rita Gam
Harris Harry Bronson
Dr Linstrum John McKutcheon
Miss Philips Rita Vale
Director Russell Rouse
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. Ltd