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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 »

Director:

Herbert Wilcox

Writers:

Pamela Bower (screenplay), E.C. Bentley (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Wilding ... Philip Trent
Margaret Lockwood ... Margaret Manderson
Orson Welles ... Sigsbee Manderson
John McCallum ... John Marlowe
Miles Malleson ... Burton Cupples
Hugh McDermott ... Calvin C. Bunner
Jack McNaughton Jack McNaughton ... Martin
Sam Kydd ... Inspector Murch
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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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detective | based on novel | See All (2) »

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A Woman's Kiss That Killed

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Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'affaire Manderson See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Geoffrey Bayldon. See more »

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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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British whodunit
10 August 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Michael Wilding takes up "Trent's Last Case" in this 1952 film directed by Herbert Wilcox for Republic Studios. It's British with a British cast that includes Margaret Lockwood, John McCallum, Hugh McDermott, and one American, Orson Welles, who was probably trying to raise money for a project.

Trent is an artist and also an amateur detective. He gets involved in the suicide of a wealthy man named Manderson, but as he investigates, it looks more and more like murder. One suspect stands out, but how to prove it?

Unlike many detectives in books and movies, Trent is fallible. This is a neat mystery with a few red herrings. I don't agree that it was dull; I think the story itself keeps the film going, as well as the attractive Michael Wilding. Wilding falls in with many of those tall, good-looking British actors from the '50s - Robert Flemying, Michael Rennie, etc., and probably wouldn't be well known here if he hadn't married Elizabeth Taylor. Nevertheless, he was quite urbane with a great voice and acquits himself well as Trent. Margaret Lockwood is lovely as the victim's widow, and she keeps you guessing.

Not as bad as some reviewers claim. Maybe not as good either, but I enjoyed it. Orson Welles apparently had an obsession with using fake noses on his characters. It's really obvious in profile.


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