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The Spider and the Fly (1949)

Not Rated | | Crime, Romance, Thriller | 1 December 1949 (UK)
A clever and dedicated French police official, a cleverer master-thief whom he secretly admires, the woman loved by the official who is in love with the thief, at the outbreak of World War I.

Director:

Robert Hamer

Writers:

Robert Westerby (screenplay), Robert Westerby (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Portman ... Fernand Maubert
Guy Rolfe ... Philippe Lodocq
Nadia Gray ... Madeleine Saincaize
George Cole ... Marc - A Detective
John Carol John Carol ... Jean Louis / Alfred Louis
Harold Lang Harold Lang ... Belfort - The Pickpocket
Edward Chapman ... Minister for War
Maurice Denham ... Colonel de la Roche
John Salew John Salew ... Minister's Secretary
May Hallatt ... Monique
James Hayter ... Mayor
Arthur Lowe ... Town Clerk
Patrick Young Patrick Young ... Captain le Maitre
Sebastian Cabot ... Prefect at Amiens
Jeremy Spenser ... Jacques - The Boy in Church
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Storyline

A clever and dedicated French police official, a cleverer master-thief whom he secretly admires, the woman loved by the official who is in love with the thief, at the outbreak of World War I.

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From the Files of the Paris Surete. And the most surprising, ironic finale ever filmed See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

1 December 1949 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Meisterdieb von Paris See more »

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Production Co:

Mayflower Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Fernand Maubert: How did you get into that bank Philippe?
Philippe Lodocq: Every time a safe is opened, you think I did it.
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Soundtracks

Symphony
(uncredited)
Written by André Tabet, Roger Bernstein, Alex Alstone and Jack Lawrence
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terrific Guy Rolfe

Robert Hamer was the great director of an episode of "Dead of night" and the famous "Kind heart and coronets". The problem is that "the spider and the fly" is real slow, not because of the script enough rich of strange situations and dialogues, but because of a total lack of actors direction, the three main actors are desperatly unexpressive. They are shot from far, and there's a puzzling scene in which two characters are turning back the camera, then the camera shoots too many long time the door when the character has already gone out. Eric Portman and Nadia Gray look really empty, and Guy Rolfe who has a terrific frightening face is too much shot from far, he would have needed close shots. What a pity because Guy Rolfe's character of some kind of Arsène Lupin is really interesting and the end is gripping.

The movie is located in France, mainly Paris, but also Versailles and in the end in Switzerland, I rekon some of the locations are real places in Paris or Versailles but there might be some studio scenes for the Café Michel we often see (serving the inevitable absinthe). Robert Hamer also directed Alec Guiness in 1955 in France in "To Paris with love", in colour on the Champs Elysées. There might be some other good surprises in Robert Hamer's filmography of only 14 movies.


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