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Director:
Writers:
Frederick Knott (screenplay)
James Hadley Chase (original story)
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Release Date:
25 January 1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Blonde Blackmail! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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George Brent ... John Harman
Marguerite Chapman ... Stella Tracy
Raymond Huntley ... Clive Oliver
Peter Reynolds ... Jeffrey Hart
Eleanor Summerfield ... Vi
Meredith Edwards ... Inspector Dale
Harry Fowler ... Joe

Diana Dors ... Ruby Bruce
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sybil Saxon ... Bank Clerk (scenes deleted)
Nelly Arno ... Miss Rosetti (uncredited)
Eleanor Bryan ... Mary Lewis (uncredited)
Isabel Dean ... May Harman (uncredited)
Archie Duncan ... Police Constable (uncredited)
Jack Faint ... Club Manager (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Frank the Waiter (uncredited)
David Keir ... Mr. Quince (uncredited)
John Mann ... Jack (uncredited)
Lawrence O'Madden ... First Customer (uncredited)
Conrad Phillips ... Detective Todd (uncredited)
Lawrence Ward ... Larry (uncredited)
Leslie Weston ... Mr. Bruce (uncredited)
Ian Wilson ... Mushroom Book Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
Frederick Knott (screenplay)

James Hadley Chase (original story)

Produced by
Anthony Hinds .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Spencer 
 
Cinematography by
Walter J. Harvey  (as Walter Harvey)
 
Film Editing by
Maurice Rootes 
 
Casting by
Michael Carreras 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Mazzei 
 
Makeup Department
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist (as Phil Leakey)
Anne Box .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Arthur Barnes .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jimmy Sangster .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Bill Salter .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Friswell .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Harry Oakes .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joy Curtis .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra .... music played by
Frank Spencer .... musical director
 
Other crew
Renée Glynne .... continuity (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Last Page" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
84 min | USA:78 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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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:
Plot holes: Where does Jeffery Hart get a key to open the case to try and steal a rare book?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Buccaneer Soul (1993)See more »

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Sunk By A Lack Of Logic, 20 March 2014
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

A lot of people seem to have noticed that there's not much logic gone in to this film . Before we start dishing out awards and starting up a Nobel prize for self congratulations let's be entirely honest in saying it's impossible not to notice the constant and flawed thinking that seems to have gone in to almost every scene . My own personal complaint with MAN BAIT from the outset is that two of the main characters are American living in London in the early 1950s . Let's think about this . American won the war, became a superpower overnight and was winning the peace in spectacular fashion while Britain also won the war and lost the peace along with the empire so badly that the standard of living at this time wasn't much better than in the defeated axis powers . Shocking to think that when this film was produced petrol rationing had just ended and certain foodstuffs were subject to rationing in Britain and yet a couple of Americans are quite happy to live in a starving , rain soaked archipelago where fridges and car ownership would be fairly unknown but power cuts would be common . You can understand the producers wanting to bring in a couple of American actors because it makes American distribution of the film more attractive . You can't help asking would it not have been better if the production team had concentrated on telling a more credible story

This is a pity because you can easily see the potential that MAN BAIT had in wanting to be something of a British noir classic . In fact just reading the plot summary on this page finding himself attracted to a pretty blonde clerk that leads to a plot of blackmail and murder so the bare bones of a good involving thriller are there . However it's the way the story unfolds that is a serious problem and undermines most of the potential . People don't do anything in a logical manner and they don't react to situations that you would recognise as being realistic which means the only thing you'll remember from this film is that it starred Diana Dors when she was a starlet of British cinema and that many of the people behind the scenes went on to make Hammer studios a successful horror film franchise

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