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Man in Hiding (1953)

Mantrap (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 2 October 1953 (USA)
A wrongly convicted murderer escapes prison to find the real killer.


Terence Fisher


Paul Tabori (screenplay), Terence Fisher (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Henreid ... Hugo Bishop
Lois Maxwell ... Thelma Speight / Tasman
Kieron Moore ... Speight
Hugh Sinclair ... Maurice Jerrard
Lloyd Lamble ... Inspector Frisnay
Anthony Forwood ... Rex
Bill Travers ... Victor Tasman
Mary Laura Wood Mary Laura Wood ... Susie
Kay Kendall ... Vera
John Penrose ... Du Vancet
Liam Gaffney Liam Gaffney ... Dorval
Conrad Phillips ... Barker
John Stuart ... Doctor
Anna Turner Anna Turner ... Marjorie
Christina Forrest Christina Forrest ... Joanna


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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Film is based on the 1952 novel 'Queen in Danger' by Elleston Trevor. 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 howardmorleySee 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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Release Date:

2 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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