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Man Bait (1952)

The Last Page (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 25 January 1952 (USA)
The married owner of a bookstore is attracted to his sexy blonde clerk. He finally gives in to temptation and makes a pass at her, but that only results in him getting enmeshed in blackmail and murder.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Frederick Knott (screenplay), James Hadley Chase (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Brent ... John Harman
Marguerite Chapman ... Stella Tracy
Raymond Huntley ... Clive Oliver
Peter Reynolds ... Jeffrey Hart
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Vi
Meredith Edwards ... Inspector Dale
Harry Fowler ... Joe
Diana Dors ... Ruby Bruce
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sybil Saxon Sybil Saxon ... Bank Clerk (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

John Harman (George Brent), manager of an Oxford Street bookstore, reprimands an attractive young clerk, Ruby Bruce (Diana Dors), for being late to work. The same day Ruby catches Jeff Hart (Peter Reynolds) stealing a rare book, but instead of reporting him she accepts a date with him. That night, before her date, Ruby is working late with Harman, who, in a fleeting moment of intimacy, kisses her. He apologizes but later Jeff forces Ruby to blackmail Harman. When he refuses to pay off, Jeff tells Ruby to write a letter to Harman's wife, which causes her death from a heart attack. Dazed by the tragedy, Harman gives Ruby 400 pounds when she renews her demands. Jeff catches Ruby hiding part of the money, kills her and hides her body in a packing case. Harman discovers Ruby's body and realizing he will be suspect, flees in panic. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Poison never came in a prettier package! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man Bait See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ruby Bruce was born in 1932. See more »

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Where does Jeffery Hart get a key to open the case to try and steal a rare book? See more »

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Great Set, Gripping Story, Dull Hollywood Leads, Fabulous British Cast!
20 August 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Although the wonderfully sultry Diana Dors receives a full frame "introducing" credit, this was actually her 16th movie. She was in fact credited in 13 of her previous appearances and in at least half of them had major roles. So much for "introducing"! Needless to say, Diana effortlessly walks away with the movie even though her role is not as large as the title implies. Most of the action is held down by sleazy Peter Reynolds who contributes most of the noirish plot twists, assisted by opportunistic blonde, Eleanor Summerfield. The middle-aged hero is adequately presented by George Brent, although both he and his fellow American, Marguerite Chapman, appear so overawed by their U.K. surroundings, that even when Dors and Reynolds are not around, they allow everyone else in the cast, including Raymond Huntley, Meredith Edwards and most especially Harry Fowler—and even Leslie Weston and Nelly Arno—to steal scenes from them! In all, however, this is a reasonably gripping little thriller, provided you don't expect another Dial M. for Murder from writer Frederic Knott. The atmospheric bookshop set is both unusual and highly effective.


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