The Fake

The Fake is a 1953 British crime film directed by Godfrey Grayson and starring Dennis O'Keefe, Coleen Gray and Hugh Williams. Its plot concerns an American detective who tries to solve the theft of a priceless painting from the Tate Gallery in London.


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.

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    contentLocation London
    director Godfrey Grayson
    editor Charles Hasse
    genre crime
    keywords leonardo da vinci madonna and child paint
    musicBy Mátyás Seiber
    producer Steven Pallos
    productionCompany Pax Films
    publisher United Artists