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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)
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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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Man Bait - only a modest catch for the viewer, 16 May 2009
Author: FilmFlaneur from London

In 1950, before Hammer made a name for itself with a memorable horror output, it set up a deal with American producer Robert L. Lippert to make a dozen or so low budget crime dramas, all of which were to be shot in the UK. In all the arrangement lasted for some five years, and utilised the fading star qualities of such past-their-sell-date American talent such as Dane Clark, Paul Henreid, Lizabeth Scott and George Brent, as well as leading British character actors.

None of the films are of the front rank, being issued originally on the bottom half of double bills. Hammer may not have established itself as a memorable producer of noir on the basis of this transatlantic deal, but the results have been unfairly neglected (being the basis of only a passing reference in the official history of the studio for instance).

Criticism of the films, apart from focusing on their small budgets and hand-me-down leads, has generally dwelt on the success or otherwise of transplanting an American hardboiled genre into a different soil. Certainly the first of those made under the new arrangement The Last Page (aka: Man Bait, 1952) is example. Far too genteel to be successful as more than a mildly suspenseful thriller, its impact is further affected by the unassuming performance of lead George Brent - an actor whom Betty Davies apparently liked as a partner on screen as it was so easy to steal the picture from him! Brent plays the manager of a bookshop, hardly the first choice for a thriller/ noir setting (although one makes a memorable appearance in The Big Sleep) who is blackmailed by the bad blonde of the title - no less than Diana Dors, an early screen role. It was an early credit too for one of Hammer's best directors Terence Fisher, though again this critic, at least, thinks he remains a minor talent. Like practically all the Hammer films in this series, the title was changed for the American market and 'Man Bait' certainly sounds more the job for the pulp world that the films inhabit. It also places Dors firmly at the centre of this film with a fine sense of atmosphere - having worked in the book trade for some years I found the dated interiors and procedures especially fascinating - while some other, equally effective location shooting amidst a now-lost London adds to the charm.

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