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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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Trivia

Film debut of Geoffrey Bayldon. See more »

Goofs

When Trent reads the first part of his report, it ends with three dots. However his finger movements never made the action of hitting a key three consecutive times at the end. 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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Orson's in-joke
15 February 2008 | by brice-18See all my reviews

It's good news for Welles completists that this, the better of the two films he made for Herbert Wilcox in 1952 (to help finance his on-off-on but finally magnificent film of 'Othello') is now available on DVD, though dismally free of extras. As a thriller it is a puzzle almost devoid of suspense, though there are some clever twists at the end. There are polished performances by Margaret Lockwood, John McCallum, Michael Wilding as the classy sleuth Trent, Miles Malleson in one of his best roles and Welles. Welles appears for no more than 20 minutes, in flashback, but, with his formidable false nose, is an intimidating presence as the late Sigsbee Manderson. In a fraught dialogue with McCallum he talks about 'Othello' and the production he's recently seen: "Didn't like the leading actor!" The leading actor was Welles himself, performing at the St James' theatre - a performance I was privileged have seen a year or two earlier, when Ken Tynan, long before PC was thought of, headed his review 'Citizen Coon'!


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