The Fake (1953 film)

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The Fake
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Directed by Godfrey Grayson
Written by Bridget Boland
Patrick Kirwan
Based onan original story by James Daplyn
Produced by Steven Pallos
Starring Dennis O'Keefe
Coleen Gray
Hugh Williams
Guy Middleton
Cinematography Cedric Williams
Edited by Charles Hasse
Music by Matyas Seiber
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
5 June 1953 (UK)
25 November 1953 (US)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Fake is a 1953 British crime film directed by Godfrey Grayson and starring Dennis O'Keefe, Coleen Gray and Hugh Williams. [1] Its plot concerns an American detective who tries to solve the theft of a priceless painting from the Tate Gallery in London. [2]



When Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna and Child arrives at London's Tate Gallery for a special exhibition, American Paul Mitchell (Dennis O'Keefe) is assigned to guard it. However, on examination, Paul realizes that the painting has been replaced with a fake. Joining forces with Tate employee Mary Mason (Coleen Gray), Paul attempts to find the original and collect the museum's $50,000 reward for its recovery.


Critical reception

Leonard Maltin called the film an "OK crime drama," rating it two out of four stars, [3] while The Hollywood Reporter found it "fairly diverting." [4]

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