The Fake (1953 film)

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]

The Fake
Directed byGodfrey Grayson
Produced bySteven Pallos
Written byBridget Boland
Patrick Kirwan
Based onan original story by James Daplyn
StarringDennis O'Keefe
Coleen Gray
Hugh Williams
Guy Middleton
Music byMatyas Seiber
CinematographyCedric Williams
Edited byCharles Hasse
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
5 June 1953 (UK)
25 November 1953 (US)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


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 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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