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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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Great Set, Gripping Story, Dull Hollywood Leads, Fabulous British Cast! See more (10 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 Brown ... (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
 
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.See more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Great Set, Gripping Story, Dull Hollywood Leads, Fabulous British Cast!, 20 August 2008
Author: JohnHowardReid

Although the wonderfully sultry Diana Dors receives a full frame "introducing" credit, this was actually her 16th movie. She was in fact credited in 13 of her previous appearances and in at least half of them had major roles. So much for "introducing"! Needless to say, Diana effortlessly walks away with the movie even though her role is not as large as the title implies. Most of the action is held down by sleazy Peter Reynolds who contributes most of the noirish plot twists, assisted by opportunistic blonde, Eleanor Summerfield. The middle-aged hero is adequately presented by George Brent, although both he and his fellow American, Marguerite Chapman, appear so overawed by their U.K. surroundings, that even when Dors and Reynolds are not around, they allow everyone else in the cast, including Raymond Huntley, Meredith Edwards and most especially Harry Fowler—and even Leslie Weston and Nelly Arno—to steal scenes from them! In all, however, this is a reasonably gripping little thriller, provided you don't expect another Dial M. for Murder from writer Frederic Knott. The atmospheric bookshop set is both unusual and highly effective.

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