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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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Storyline

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) »

Taglines:

A Woman's Kiss That Killed

Genres:

Mystery

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The newspaper article announcing the charity concert that Mrs Manderson was attending includes a fairly detailed section of an article about the lead up to the 1956 Suez Crisis. See more »

Goofs

During the coroners inquest, Trent was seen drawing a sketch of Marlowe. This is not allowed in English Courts. Although court artists are allowed in as members of the public, all drawings must be done by memory outside the courtroom. 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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Talk talk talk Yawn
22 May 2013 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

All the characters just talk and talk till the proverbial cows come home.There is hardly any action and when it does occur it is talked over by one of the characters.Unfortunately by this stage of his career Herbert Wilcox had clearly lost whatever touch he had in the first place.After his success with Anna Neagle in the forties he turned out one dud after another in the fifties and by the end of the decade he was bankrupt.Quite frankly this film is more akin to a radio play than a film.I suggest that for say 5 minutes you turn down the picture brightness and just listen.You will not miss a thing.There is absolutely nothing cinematic about this film.The only point of suspense is how long are we going to have to wait for Orson to appear and how long will he appear for.Other than that the only pleasure in this film is seeing a very young Kenneth Williams and Miles Malleson with an odd wig and an even stranger beard.Looks like an inverted ice cream cone.


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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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