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Frederick Knott (screenplay)
James Hadley Chase (original story)
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Release Date:
25 January 1952 (USA) See more »
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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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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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84 min | USA:78 min
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 »
Miscellaneous: 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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Dors Knocking, 22 May 2016

A better than average drama written by Frederick Knott, the author of "Dial M for Murder" and "Wait Until Dark", this shows Terence Fisher expertly handling a story of crime, lust and death during his efficient early phase working for Hammer Films, five years before the big success of "The Curse of Frankenstein". Although the main character is John Harman, the mature manager of a London bookstore (played by Irish actor George Brent), two young actors play more appealing characters who are key components of the plot and feature: Diana Dors and Peter Reynolds. A ravishing blonde beauty at 20, Dors had had a dozen of minor screen roles before being introduced in this production as Ruby Bruce, a sexy worker who turns everything around her upside down after she gets mixed up with Jeff Hart, a seductive ex-con played by Reynolds. Under Jeff's influence Ruby blackmails Harman, next a couple of corpses complicate the proceedings, soon Harman is accused of murder and then his secretary (American actress Marguerite Chapman) helps to solve the mystery, putting her life in danger. Peter Reynolds is fine, but he does not have much to do as the villain with sinister charm. It is Diana Dors who has more room for creating a real character. She was a very good actress, and although comparisons were often made with Marilyn Monroe, on the acting level she surpassed her American colleague: here she convincingly mixes naive wickedness with vulnerability, making the film not only the account of Harman's story but the drama of a confused working girl as well.

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