The Fly

The Fly

Director: Kurt Neumann Cast: Vincent Price
Vincent Price
, Patricia Owens
Patricia Owens
, Herbert Marshall
Herbert Marshall
, Kathleen Freeman
Kathleen Freeman
Kurt Neumann
The Fly

The Fly

Director: Kurt Neumann Cast: Vincent Price
Vincent Price
, Patricia Owens
Patricia Owens
, Herbert Marshall
Herbert Marshall
, Kathleen Freeman
Kathleen Freeman
Kurt Neumann

Blu-ray (Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed)

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Wealthy Helene Delambre (Patricia Owens) is discovered late at night in the factory owned by her husband Andre (David Hedison). Helene stands beside a huge metal press, which has crushed the head and arm of her husband. Held for murder, the near-catatonic Helene refuses to tell anyone--not even Andre's brother Francois (Vincent Price)--why she did it. Francois cannot help but notice that Helene reacts in mortal terror when a tiny flies zips through the room. Nor can he disregard the statement made by Helene's son Philippe (Charles Herbert) that the fly has a curious white head and leg. When Francois pretends that he's captured the fly, Helene relaxes enough to tell her story. It seems that Andre, a scientist, had been working on a matter transmitter, which he claimed could disintegrate matter, then reintegrate it elsewhere. After a few experiments, Andre tried the transmitter himself. Just as he stepped into the disintegration chamber, a fly also flew into the chamber. We aren't immediately shown the results of this, save for the fact that Andre afterward insists upon keeping his head and arm covered. Alone with her husband, Helene abruptly removes the covering, revealing that Andre now bears the head of a fly! His atoms have become mixed up with the fly, and now he is unable to reverse the procedure. Deciding that his transmitter will be a bogy rather than a blessing to mankind, Andre smashes the apparatus and burns his notes. He then instructs Helene, via body language, to crush his fly-like head and arm in the press. Neither Francois nor inspector Charas (Herbert Marshall) believe the story...until, while staring intently at a spider's web in the garden, they see a tiny entrapped fly with Andre's head and arm, tinnily screaming "Help me! Help me!" as the slavering spider approaches (If you're wondering why Vincent Price and Herbert Marshall do not look one another in the eye during this scene, it is because they couldn't deliver their dialogue without dissolving into laughter). Infinitely subtler than the admittedly excellent 1986 remake, the 1958 The Fly is one of the definitive big-budget horror films of its decade. Best bit: the prismatic "fly's eye view" of the screaming Patricia Owens. The Fly was adapted from George Langelaan's short story by James (Shogun) Clavell.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2013
UPC: 0024543873228
Original Release: 1958
Rating: NR
Source: 20Th Century Fox
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 19

Special Features

Commentary with Actor David Hedison and film historian David Del Valle; Biography: Vincent Price; Fly Trap: Catching a classic; Fox Movietone News

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vincent Price Francois
Patricia Owens Helene
Herbert Marshall Inspector Charas
Kathleen Freeman Emma
Betty Lou Gerson Nurse Andersone
Charles Herbert Philippe
Eugene Borden Dr. Ejoute
Torben Meyer Gaston
Franz Roehn Police Doctor
Charles Tannen Doctor
Harry Carter Orderly
David Hedison Andre
Arthur Dulac French Waiter
Al Hedison Actor

Technical Credits
Kurt Neumann Director,Producer
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Adele Balkan Costumes/Costume Designer
Eli Benneche Set Decoration/Design
James Clavell Screenwriter
Eugene Grossman Sound/Sound Designer
Theobold Holsopple Art Director
George Langelaan Original Story
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Nye Makeup
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Bert Shefter Score Composer
Karl Struss Cinematographer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Merrill White Editor,Production Designer

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