Cinema: The New Pictures, Oct. 13, 1952

The Thief (Harry Popkin; United Artists) takes its inspiration from the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words: it is a sound film in which no one ever speaks. The movie manages to get along quite well without dialogue because it is an uncomplicated chase thriller told with the camera on a simple physical and psychological level. The thief is a nuclear physicist (Ray Milland) employed by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, where he is microfilming top secret documents for a foreign spy ring. When the FBI gets on his trail,...

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