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January 12, 2017
Effective Hammer Films effort, albeit with a few unbelievable plot pushes, saved by good performances and set designs. An enjoyable if unspectacular noir, heavy on pretty dames, dastardly men and innocent dupes.
June 11, 2015
A well-made British thriller set in, of all places, a bookshop (the original title, The Last Page, is more fitting than the rather trashy Man Bait, as it was retitled for the US.) Hollywood veteran George Brent stars as a hapless blackmail victim, with sterling support from a young Diana Dors, plus Marguerite Chapman, Peter Reynolds and Eleanor Summerfield.
February 22, 2015
Watchable early Hammer thriller. Acting is not the best( apart from Raymond Huntley, a class act). Not a stay at home movie but good for a late night viewing.
Super Reviewer
½ March 26, 2013
This is from the Hammer Film Noir Double Feature Collection. The plot centers around a bookstore where Dors' character, Ruby, works. She is the "bad girl" of the office, arriving late and hitting on her boss, played by George Brent. But that's nothing compared to the trouble she gets herself into after going on a date with a man she catches trying to steal a valuable book from the store! He (very easily) convinces her to blackmail her boss and things really go downhill from there. I won't give away more of the plot, because the unexpected twists and turns it takes are half the fun of this film - the other half is provided courtesy of the excellent British character actors who make up the cast. No part is too small to make you notice them! This film noir was directed by the great Terence Fisher for Hammer Films - who together would go on to unleash a slew of excellent Gothic horror films in the 1950's and 60's. A young, brunette Diana Dors easily walks away with the picture harnessing a killer combination of alluring presence and a very natural acting ability. 3 1/2 stars 3-25-13
½ November 16, 2012
J. A. Pearson's Bookstore: Home to blackmail, secret passions and murder--Hammer Melodrama!!
½ September 4, 2012
Saw this on Hammer's YouTube channel! Though the script could've used a few more rewrites, the movie is saved by Fisher's taut direction, fine performances, and an eerie mood. I can say that at least it's a better rare Hammer film to watch than The Man in Black.
½ November 17, 2010
This film's notable for being the best look you're going to get at Diana Dors, who was England's answer to Marilyn Monroe. Other than that, it's nothing more than a solid B-minus mid-Century B&W murder mystery.
August 13, 2009
A good B-noir from Hammer films in which a bookstore owner is first blackmailed by his female assistant and then framed for her murder.
½ April 6, 2008
Not quite your standard noir, but still a decent one from the Hammer Film Library. Can't believe I never heard of Diana Dors.
½ October 25, 2007
Story gets a little convoluted at times, but overall a solid noir.
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