Return of the Fly

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Return of the Fly
Promotional film poster
Directed by Edward Bernds
Produced by Bernard Glasser
Written by George Langelaan
Edward Bernds
Starring Vincent Price
Brett Halsey
Music by Paul Sawtell
Bert Shefter
Cinematography Brydon Baker
Edited by Richard Meyer
Distributed by 20th Century-Fox
Release date
1959 (1959)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $225,000 (estimated)

Return of the Fly is the first sequel to the 1958 horror film The Fly. It was released in 1959 on a double bill with The Alligator People. It was directed by Edward Bernds. Unlike the preceding film, Return of the Fly was shot in black and white. Vincent Price was the only returning cast member from the previous film. It was intended that Herbert Marshall reprise his role as the police inspector, but due to illness he was replaced by John Sutton.[1]

The film was followed by another sequel in 1965, Curse of the Fly.


Now an adult, Phillipe Delambre (Brett Halsey) is determined to vindicate his father by successfully completing the experiment he had worked on. His uncle Francois (Vincent Price) refuses to help. Phillipe hires Alan Hines from Delambre Frere and uses his own finances, but the funds run out before the equipment is complete. When Phillipe threatens to sell his half of Delambre Frere, Francois relents and funds the completion. After some adjustments, they use the transporter to "store" and later re-materialize test animals.

Alan Hines turns out to be Ronald Holmes, an industrial spy. Holmes tries to sell the secrets to a shadowy cohort named Max. Before Holmes can get away with the papers, a British agent confronts him. Holmes knocks him out and uses the transporter to "store" the body. When rematerialized, the agent has the paws of a guinea pig that had been disintegrated earlier, and the guinea pig has human hands. Holmes kills the rodent and puts the dead agent in his car, which he sends into the Saint Lawrence River.

Phillipe confronts Holmes about all the oddities, with a fight ensuing and Phillipe being knocked out. Holmes hides Phillipe the same way he did the agent, but in a twist of malice he catches a fly and adds it to the transporter with him. Francois re-materializes Phillipe, but with a fly head, arm and leg while the fly has his head, arm and leg, becoming "PhillipeFly". PhillipeFly runs into the night, tracking down and killing Max. He waits for Holmes to arrive and kills him, too. PhillipeFly returns home, where Inspector Beecham has found and captured the PhillipeFly. Both are placed in the device together and successfully reintegrated.


Production and release[edit]

During a particular dialogue scene, actor David Frankham rather conspicuously handles a cane, which closely resembles the wolf-head walking stick famously utilized in Universal's film, The Wolf Man (1941).

The script of the film was written specifically to use the standing sets from The Fly (1958). The film was finished on March 1959 and released as a double bill with The Alligator People (1959).


Return of the Fly received mixed to negative reviews from critics and audience, and currently holds a 38% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with viewers criticizing its horrible script while others praising its cheap "B-movie feel".


  1. ^ p.122 Weaver, Tom Brett Halsey interview in Eye on Science Fiction: 20 Interviews with Classic SF and Horror Filmmakers McFarland, 2007

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