The Light Touch
|The Light Touch|
|Directed by||Richard Brooks|
|Produced by||Pandro S. Berman|
|Written by||Richard Brooks (screenplay)
Jed Harris (story)
Tom Reed (story)
|Editing by||George Boemler|
|Distributed by||Metro Goldwyn Mayer|
|Release date(s)||January 16, 1952 (NYC)|
|Running time||93 minutes|
Art thief Sam Conride steals a Renaissance-era painting from a Sicilian church. The corrupt art dealer Felix Guignol is desperate to possess it, but Conride stages an accident and lies to Guignol that the painting has been destroyed.
A man named Aramescue is willing to pay as much as $100,000 for the artwork. Conride decides to have a forgery created, but painter Anna Vasarri is insulted and refuses, changing her mind only after falling in love with him.
Anna learns where Conride has hidden the painting. She is beaten by Charles, one of Guignol's thugs, but does not reveal where the painting is. Investigating police officer Lt. Massiro issues a warning to Anna that if she knows where the real painting is, it must be returned. Guignol and his men are eventually arrested while Conride returns the work to its rightful place.
Stewart Granger ... Sam Conride
Pier Angeli ... Anna Vasarri
George Sanders ... Felix Guignol
Kurt Kasznar ... Mr. Aramescu
Joseph Calleia ... Lt. Massiro
Larry Keating ... Mr. R. F. Hawkley
Rhys Williams ... Mr. MacWade
Norman Lloyd ... Anton
Mike Mazurki ... Charles
According to MGM records the movie earned $440,000 in North America and $850,000 internationally, leading to a loss of $398,000.
- 'The Eddie Mannix Ledger’, Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study, Los Angeles