The Last Page (Man Bait) (1952)
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as John Harman
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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
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.
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