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Return of the Fly

Return of the Fly


Screenplay by Edward L. Bernds
Based upon George Langelaan's short story "The Fly"

Directed by Edward L. Bernds

Released July 1959


The son of the Fly attempts to recreate his father's experiments.


Read the full film summary at IMDB


Notes from the Fly chronology


Though not specifically stated, this film takes place roughly 20 years after The Fly, with Philippe Delambre now a fully-grown adult with a successful scientific/engineering background already established.


Didja Know?


Return of the Fly is the 1959 sequel to the 1958 box office success The Fly. As was usual for sequels up until the 1980s, the budget was smaller than that of the first film, resulting in a largely inferior product (though the new fly head still looks pretty cool). The first film had a budget of roughly $400,000, while this one had an estimated budget of $225,000. It was also filmed in black-and-white, while the original was in color. 


Characters appearing or mentioned in this film


priest (unnamed)

François Delambre

Hélène Delambre (mentioned only, deceased)

Philippe Delambre

Granville (reporter)

Inspector Beecham

Inspector Charas (mentioned only)

André Delambre (mentioned only, deceased)


Alan Hines (aka Ronald Holmes, dies in this movie)

Mme. Bonnard

Cecile Bonnard

Max Barthold (dies in the this movie)

Inspector Evans (dies in this movie)

Sgt. Dubois

nurse #1

Lieutenant MacLish

nurse #2



Didja Notice?


As the film opens, we witness the funeral of Hélène Delambre. A common trope of Hollywood films is used here: it is raining during the funeral.


    The priest at the funeral speaks Latin as he delivers the eulogy. This indicates that the family follows the religion of the Roman Catholic Church. His words are, "Pater noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra." This translates as the opening of the Lord's Prayer from the Christian Bible: "Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven and on Earth."

    After François' brief eulogy, the priest utters the Catholic Eternal Rest Prayer, "Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescat in pace. Amen." This is Latin for "Through Christ our Lord. Amen. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Rest in peace. Amen."


François praises Inspector Beecham for his help with Hélène's case long ago (in The Fly). But Beecham never actually appeared in that movie, only the now briefly-mentioned Inspector Charas.


The vehicle François and Philippe ride in after the funeral is a 1956 Imperial Crown Limousine. Imperial was a luxury automobile brand made by Chrysler from 1955–1975 and 1981–1983.


When Philippe demands to know what the story is behind his father's death and the police initial suspicion of his mother for the crime, François tells the car's driver to redirect them to Delambre Freres. Delambre Freres is the name of the electronics company founded by François and André Delambre as seen in The Fly.


The Delambre Freres night watchman, Gaston, is portrayed by a different actor here (Michael Mark) than in The Fly (Torben Meyer). 


At 8:55 on the DVD, the blackboard in André's old lab still has the message he wrote for his wife on it in The Fly. But it is not quite the same handwriting written by David Hedison in that film. It must also be noted that Hélène told Inspector Charas in The Fly that she had rubbed out the writing on the blackboard as part of her attempts to protect André's legacy, so it shouldn't be in this film at all!
blackboard (ROTF blackboard (The Fly)
Blackboard in Return of the Fly Blackboard in The Fly


Phillipe's convertible roadster is a 1958 Simca Aronde Océane.


Phillipe tells Cecile he's always hated flies. But that's not strictly true. As seen in The Fly, he used to love catching flies when he was a young boy.


François remarks that the electronics company he and Phillipe currently own has been in their family for over 100 years. Presumably, it was called something other than Delambre Freres (Delambre Brothers) in its early years considering the brothers François and André were far less than 100 years old! Or maybe their grandfather and male sibling were the founders!


At 21:14 on the DVD, two stores, Montreal Supply Company and Montreal Theatrical Supplies are seen. Also seen is Otto's Bar & Grill and an advertising sign for Nemo Cigar and Elamo Dainty Cigarettes is seen. These all appear to be fictitious businesses for the period. At the time, cigarettes made expressly for women were often called "dainty cigarettes".


Arriving at Greenview Mortuary, the taxicab Alan uses at 21:51 on the DVD appears to be a 1956 Plymouth Plaza (although it also has a model emblem behind the rear wheel that almost looks to read "Diplomat", as in DeSoto Diplomat). Greenview Mortuary appears to have been a fictitious business.


At 26:34 on the DVD, the gauge Phillipe adjusts is made by Central Scientific Company. This was a real world company based in Chicago, Illinois from 1900-2000.


An EICO oscilloscope is seen in Phillipe's lab at 26:57 on the DVD. EICO (Electronic Instrument Company) was a real electronics manufacturer at the time. 


After killing Inspector Evans, Hines hides the body temporarily by using the disintegrator chamber to place the body in disembodied stasis to avoid it being seen by Phillipe. After Phillipe goes back to bed, Hines reintegrates the body, but it merges with the rat that was already in stasis as part of an earlier experiment, so that Evans' body now has large rat paws for hands and feet and the rat has tiny human hands! The rat runs out of the chamber and Hines steps on it to stop it. But notice that the hands sticking out from under Hines' shoe are much too large compared to what was seen on the rodent seconds before!
rat with human hands rat hands


Inspector Evans' car, which Hines drives off a cliff to dispose of the body, is a 1959 Plymouth Savoy.


Max's car seen at 40:52 on the DVD is a 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Custom Limousine.


When Phillipe wakes from unconsciousness in the disintegrator booth and sees what Hines is about to do, why doesn't he just push open the door and scramble out to safety? We saw earlier that the doors are not latched, such as when Hines pushed one of the doors open less than a minute before.


After killing Inspector Evans, Hines calls Max to meet him at Cross Creek Road. This appears to be a fictitious road in the Montreal area.


At 41:52 on the DVD, as Hines is setting Inspector Evans' car to drive itself off the cliff, an arm can be see reaching up from below the driver's seat to grab the steering wheel! This must have been a stunt driver, who was to guide the car to the proper spot while it appeared to be empty.


François' car is a 1953 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster.


When Mme. Bonnard and Cecile help the injured François out of his chair to take him to Phillipe's lab, his shirt is unbuttoned and open. But when the shot cuts to them heading down the stairs to the lab, his shirt is mostly buttoned up again. 


When Phillipe is reintegrated as a merge of human and fly, his fly head is about twice as big as his father's was in The Fly. I guess he didn't quite lick the gigantism that was seen in the reintegrated guinea pig experiment earlier in the film as he and his colleagues had thought!
Phillipefly Andrefly
Phillipefly Andréfly


After François is injured by Hines with a gunshot, he is put in a hospital. There is a crucifix in his recovery room. This suggests that the hospital is a Catholic one.


The fly with Philippe's head appears to have only the human head of Philippe, not the left arm and right foot as the human version has a fly head, fly left arm, and fly right foot. In The Fly, André's body has the limbs directly transposed with those of the fly and vice-versa.


After Inspector Beecham captures the fly with Philippe's head, he asks François how long flies live. François answers that Musca domestica, the common housefly, lives about three weeks. This is roughly accurate for Musca domestica. In The Fly, François did not know how long a fly would live; I guess he did his research after the incident with his brother in that film!


François recounts on how his brother André still had the brain of a human when he became a humanoid fly, but wonders if Philippe has only "the murderous brain of a fly." However, it's not quite fair to call flies "murderous"; they feed on waste or already deceased flesh...they do not kill prey on their own.


Memorable Dialog

may I speak to you?.mp3
accredited freelance scandalmonger.mp3
areas of knowledge where man is not meant to go.mp3
something went wrong.mp3
help me, Cecile.mp3
terrible secret.mp3
murderous brain of a fly.mp3

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