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Man in Hiding (1953)

Mantrap (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 2 October 1953 (USA)
British whodunit mystery-crime film-Noir about a wrongly convicted murderer who escapes prison to find the real killer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo Bishop
Thelma Speight / Tasman
Hugh Sinclair ...
Maurice Jerrard
Lloyd Lamble ...
Inspector Frisnay
Anthony Forwood ...
Victor Tasman
Mary Laura Wood ...
John Penrose ...
Du Vancet
Liam Gaffney ...
Conrad Phillips ...
John Stuart ...
Anna Turner ...
Christina Forrest ...


The mystery begins when Speight escapes after being found guilty of murder, and his wife, Thelma, believes he is after her because she is in love with another man and has changed her name. Lawyer Bishop and friend, playing a hunch, finds Speight at the scene of the crime and learns he is after the real murderer and not his wife. They shift through several men as suspects, all of whom seem to know his wife rather well. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Scotland Yard warns private eye to reveal the whereabouts of the Man in Hiding.


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Release Date:

2 October 1953 (USA)  »

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Man in Hiding  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Barbara Shelley's first film. See more »


Referenced in Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood! (1987) See more »


A Pair of Sparkling Eyes
from "The Gondoliers"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Arranged by Eric Rogers
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Chance to see early Kay Kendall film
18 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I only rated this 1953 film 5/10 as average.It has rather poor continuity, editing and to be frank is rather dull for what purports to be a thriller.The highlight for me was to see an early Kay Kendall performance however I did not recognise "Miss Moneypenny" (Lois Maxwell from early James Bond films) who played the female lead.The other user review above succinctly outlines the basic plot, such as it was, so I won't repeat it.Casting Paul Henreid in the male lead role as an investigative lawyer was a mistake as the producer should have cast a British actor for more verisimilitude in the role.Normally I like what I call "Cholomdley-Warner" (apologies to Harry Enfield) films but this was not one of them.

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