1952 Stolen Face

Stolen Face - 1952

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films (UK) and Lippert Films (USA)
Copyright 1952 by Exclusive Films Ltd.
All characters in this photoplay are fictitious and bear no resemblance to any real person, living or dead
RCA Sound System
Produced at Riverside Studios
Based on an original story by Alexander Paal and Steven Vas

Black & White 72 minutes


Skilled plastic surgeon Phillip Ritter meets and falls in love with concert pianist Alice Brent, but he is devastated when she refuses his offer of marriage and goes away on a concert tour. Determined to recreate her beautiful image, he seeks out a badly scarred prisoner, Lilly, operates on her and marries her. Now he has Alice back, but he cannot change the criminal character behind the mask... Watch the trailer on YouTube


Screenplay by Martin Berkeley and Richard Landau
Art Director Wilfred Arnold
Editor Maurice Rootes
Assistant Director Jimmy Sangster
Production Manager Arthur Barnes
Speciality Numbers Jack Parnell
Recordist Bill Salter
Make-up Philip Leakey
Hair Stylist Bill Griffiths
Casting Director Nora Roberts
Furs by Deanfield of London & Paris
Lizabeth Scott's Wardrobe by Edith Head
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Recorded by The London Philharmonic Orchestra
Solo Pianist Miss Bronwyn Jones
Camera Operator Peter Bryan
Director of Photography Walter Harvey
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Terence Fisher


Dr Philip Ritter Paul Henreid
Alice Brent/Lilly Lizabeth Scott
David Andre Morell
Lilly Mary Mackenzie
Dr Jack Wilson John Wood
Dr Russell Arnold Ridley
Betty Susan Stephen
Alf Cyril Smith
May Diana Beaumont
Pete Terence O'Regan
Cutler Russell Napier
Miss Patton Ambrosine Phillpots
Lady Harringay Everley Gregg
Mrs Emmett Alexis France
Charles Emmett John Bull
Wentworth Richard Wattis
Miss Simpson Dorothy Bramhall
Maggie Janet Burnell
Nurse Grace Gavin
Floor Walker William Murray
Railway Guard John Warren
Maid Anna Turner
Photographer Hal Osmond
Soldier Philip Vickers
Sailor James Valentine
1st Farmer Howard Douglas
2nd Farmer Brookes Turner


Hollywood actor Paul Henreid's most famous role is probably as the third side of the triangle, alongside Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, in the all-time classic movie "Casablanca" (1942). In 1964, he directed Bette Davis in the thriller "Dead Ringer" (aka "Dead Image"). 
Arnold Ridley, who plays Dr Russell in this film, later gained greater fame as the elderly Private Godfrey in the BBC TV sit-com "Dad's Army". He also wrote the successful stage play "The Ghost Train". 
Andre Morell was a highly respected actor who worked for Hammer on a number of occasions. His other films for the Company include "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1958), "Cash on Demand" (1961), "She" (1965), "The Plague of the Zombies" (1966), "The Mummy's Shroud" (1966) and "The Vengeance of She" (1967). 
Edith Head was one of the top film Costume Designers. Her name appears in countless credits and she won eight Oscars - for "The Heiress" (1949), "All About Eve" (1950, b&w), "Samson and Delilah" (1950, colour), "A Place in the Sun" (1951), "Roman Holiday" (1953), "Sabrina" (1954), "The Facts of Life" (1960) and "The Sting" (1972).

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection