6.3/10
350
12 user 6 critic

Man Bait (1952)

The Last Page (original title)
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:

Writers:

(screenplay), (original story)
Reviews

WAYS TO
WATCH:

See all
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Stolen Face (1952)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A doctor repairs a female inmate's disfigured face to match the lovely woman who left him, and marries her, only to find out how abusive she is.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Paul Henreid, Lizabeth Scott, André Morell
Bad Blonde (1953)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A scheming blonde seduces a fighter and convinces him to murder her husband, a fight manager.

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: Barbara Payton, Frederick Valk, John Slater
Blackout (1954)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An American in London, down on his luck, runs into a beautiful blonde in a bar who offers him a lot of money to marry her. Broke and unemployed, he takes her up on it. When he wakes up the ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Dane Clark, Belinda Lee, Betty Ann Davies
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A social-climbing American with a business in illegal gambling falls in love with a blue blood, but gangsters and a jealous ex-girlfriend stand in the way of happiness.

Directors: Patrick Jenkins, Sam Newfield, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Dane Clark, Kathleen Byron, Naomi Chance
Heat Wave (1954)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An American writer living in England gets entangled in a scheme by a beautiful blonde to murder her rich husband.

Director: Ken Hughes
Stars: Alex Nicol, Hillary Brooke, Sidney James
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A man on a fishing trip with three of his friends receives a blow to the head that makes him lose his memory. Three years later it all comes back to him, but on the day it does one of the men who was on the trip with him turns up dead.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Paulette Goddard, William Sylvester, Patrick Holt
Paranoiac (1963)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Loosely based on Josephine Tey's "Brat Farrar;" a man long believed dead returns to the family estate to claim his inheritance.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Janette Scott, Oliver Reed, Sheila Burrell
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the 1830s a captain in the East India Company lobbies to investigate the criminal Thugee Cult of Kali, an organized crime group of stranglers and thieves.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Guy Rolfe, Allan Cuthbertson, Andrew Cruickshank
Nightmare (1964)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in an insane asylum, haunting her. Expelled ... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: David Knight, Moira Redmond, Jennie Linden
Man in Black (1949)
Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A yogi seemingly dies while simulating death and his evil second wife, and her daughter, try to force his daughter into insanity for control of his estate.

Director: Francis Searle
Stars: Betty Ann Davies, Sheila Burrell, Sidney James
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.

Director: Quentin Lawrence
Stars: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Richard Vernon
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Peter Carter meets official resistance when he finds his 9 year old daughter has been the victim of the pedophile patriarch of the town's most powerful family.

Director: Cyril Frankel
Stars: Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen, Felix Aylmer
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Look if you like...but look out! She's Man Bait! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 January 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Man Bait  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the first of 29 Hammer films directed by Terence Fisher over the course of 22 years. The last was Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974). See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Referenced in Buccaneer Soul (1993) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A guy gets out of prison, see ...
6 January 2008 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

...First thing he does is go to a bookstore. He tries to steal a book. That is how logical this movie is throughout. When we see shelves of books at a time, later, the books seem to be attached to each other. They're like room decorations some people buy in bulk.

The proprietor of this bookstore is, of all people, George Brent. He had a long career. Though this is a noir of sorts and I therefore can't give it a bad rating, let's just say this is hardly a career highlight for him.

Marguerite Chapman is attractive and convincing as his employee. She's stylish and pretty and comes off as nice.

This is an early Diana Dors film. She's decent in it. She gets pulled into some very bad behavior. But she's not a truly terrible character. She's chronically late to work and weak willed.

This isn't a memorable or distinguished film. But it isn't terrible, either. Nor does it hold to any formula. It's mediocre in a unique way.


13 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Title and bookshop onegreendress
My Wife Just Died... jmiller1918
Discuss Man Bait (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?