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Return of the Fly (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | July 1959 (USA)
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Philippe Delambre, the now-adult son of "The Fly", does some transportation experimentation of his own.

Director:

Edward Bernds (as Edward L. Bernds)

Writers:

Edward Bernds (screenplay) (as Edward L. Bernds), George Langelaan (short story "The Fly")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Francois Delambre
Brett Halsey ... Philippe Delambre
David Frankham ... Ronald Holmes, alias Alan Hinds
John Sutton ... Insp. Beecham
Dan Seymour ... Max Barthold
Danielle De Metz ... Cecile Bonnard
Jack Daly Jack Daly ... Granville (reporter)
Janine Grandel Janine Grandel ... Mme. Bonnard
Michael Mark Michael Mark ... Gaston (watchman)
Richard Flato Richard Flato ... Sgt. Dubois
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Cop
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Lt. MacLish
Pat O'Hara Pat O'Hara ... Insp. Evans
Francisco Villalobos Francisco Villalobos ... Priest
Joan Cotton Joan Cotton ... Nurse
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Storyline

Fifteen years after his father's experiments with matter transmission fail, Philippe Delambre and his uncle François attempt to create a matter transmission device on their own. However, their experiments have disastrous results, turning Philippe into a horrible half-man, half-fly creature. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Blood-curdling giant fly creature runs amuck!!! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of the Fly See more »

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Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Edward Bernds has said that, contrary to rumors at the time, he was not hired to replace Kurt Neumann, who had directed the original The Fly (1958). Neumann had died in 1958, before this film began production, and before his death was not being considered by the producers for the director's job. See more »

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One character mentions creating radars for the Canadian Air Force. Since 1924 it was always known as Royal Canadian Air Force. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Francois Delambre: [voice over] Here passes from this earth Helene Delambre, widow of my brother, Andre, whom I loved deeply, hopelessly. She was destroyed in the end by dreadful memories, a recollection of horrors that did not dim as the years went on, but instead grew monstrously, and left her mind shocked and unsteady, so that death, when it came, was a blessed release.
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Works Well As Light Entertainment, As Long As It's Not Compared With the Original
6 September 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is the kind of sequel that can be rather enjoyable as long as you don't hold it up to the standard of the original. It does bear the signs of a movie that was conceived primarily to capitalize on the popularity of its predecessor, and as a result it is hardly as carefully constructed. But as light entertainment, it works well enough.

The first part of the movie connects things up pretty efficiently with the original story, and it's kind of fun to go back to André's wrecked lab, which looks just as it should. Brett Halsey plays André's son Philippe, who is determined to follow in his father's footsteps. While the setup could have led in a number of different directions, the story that actually follows puts an emphasis on action, and it uses the special visual effects rather more freely than in the original "Fly".

From a scientific viewpoint, the whole premise of both movies is far-fetched at best, but in the original, you rarely thought about it because the story was so tightly constructed. In the sequel, the implausibility of the whole thing is harder to ignore. It doesn't detract that much from the entertainment value, but it is a noticeable difference from the first movie.

Except for Vincent Price, the cast is new, but solid. While the production might have a couple of rough edges this time, most of it still looks good enough. Overall, with the right expectations this is a generally entertaining light feature.


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