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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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Dirty Diana! See more (11 total) »

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)
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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
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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Diana Dors receives an "introducing" credit, yet she has appeared in over a dozen other features.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 »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Dirty Diana!, 29 August 2010
Author: Joseph Brando from NJ, USA

This was the first time I had ever heard of Diana Dors (don't blame me, I'm from the USA and under the age of 40) - but I immediately fell in love with her. The plot centers around a bookstore where Dors' character, Ruby, works. She is the "bad girl" of the office, arriving late and hitting on her boss, played by George Brent. But that's nothing compared to the trouble she gets herself into after going on a date with a man she catches trying to steal a valuable book from the store! He (very easily) convinces her to blackmail her boss and things really go downhill from there. I won't give away more of the plot, because the unexpected twists and turns it takes are half the fun of this film - the other half is provided courtesy of the excellent British character actors who make up the cast. No part is too small to make you notice them! This film noir was directed by the great Terence Fisher for Hammer Films - who together would go on to unleash a slew of excellent Gothic horror films in the 1950's and 60's. A young, brunette Diana Dors easily walks away with the picture harnessing a killer combination of alluring presence and a very natural acting ability.

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