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Trent's Last Case (1952)

Approved | | Mystery | 22 September 1953 (USA)
When a wealthy business man is found dead reporter Philip Trent is sent to investigate. Against the police conclusions, he suspects the assumed suicide is really a murder, and becomes ... See full summary »

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Margaret Manderson
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Sigsbee Manderson
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Burton Cupples
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Calvin C. Bunner
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When a wealthy business man is found dead reporter Philip Trent is sent to investigate. Against the police conclusions, he suspects the assumed suicide is really a murder, and becomes highly interested in the young widow and the dead man's private secretary. Written by BSK

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A Woman's Kiss That Killed

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Orson Welles was struggling to complete his long-gestated film of "Othello" when his old friend Herbert Wilcox approached him to play the small but vital role of Sigsbee Manderson. Badly in need of money, Welles agreed, and wrote and directed his brief scenes. Wilcox claimed in his autobiography that he was so pleased by Welles's contribution that he actually paid him more money than Welles had asked for the role. See more »

Goofs

When John Marlowe impersonates Sigsbee's voice on the phone to sell all the shares, John McCallum appears to be using his own voice. However when Marlowe is on the phone impersonating Sigsbee inquiring about the fictitious George Harrison, its obviously Orson Welles' actual voice dubbed. The two voices in each occasion are different when they should sound the same. See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto in C Minor
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Arranged and Conducted by Anthony Collins (uncredited)
Performed by Eileen Joyce
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A great film with a great cast!
14 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised by this film. I fail to understand why so many people have criticized it. I thought the entire peace of work was brilliant! Orson Welles gives a stirring and chilling performance as an insane cynical business man. I especially loved the fact that his presence remains quite strong through out the entirety of the film. The story reeks of the talent of Orson Welles. I am surprised that he did not direct the peace himself. We follow the story of a young new reporter looking for the story of a life time. He finds such a story within the home of a black widow, brilliantly played by Margret Lockwood. As i have stated many times, Margret Lockwood never ceases to amaze me with her subtle, but layered performances. She manages here to evoke a certain dismalness that cannot go unnoticed. She plays a rather mellow and unfeeling part. Frankly, her character is really not all that interesting. Margret plays her part well, but the part is very limited. The main focus is the character of Trent, a savvy and sly man who will stop it nothing to find the truth. This film is a classic murder mystery, produced in a citizen Kane manner. The flash back sequences are very well crafted, as well the plot and story structure. The other characters are also quite interesting. The character of Marlow is perhaps the victim of this tale and probably the most sympathetic of all characters. However,the ending is rather cliché and slightly destroys the tone of the film. I do recommend this film though on so many levels. If you want a good mystery story, as well as some good acting, then sit back and enjoy!


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