1952 The Last Page

The Last Page - 1952

Alternative title: Man Bait

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films (UK) and Lippert Films (USA)
All characters in this photoplay are fictitious and bear no resemblance to any real person, living or dead
RCA Sound System
From the play "Last Page" by James Hadley Chase

Black & White 84 minutes


Bookshop manager John Harman lands in trouble when, while working late at night with one of the shop assistants, Ruby, her blouse is accidentally torn on a filing cabinet. Ruby is talked into making more of the incident by the caddish Jeff Hart and attempts to blackmail her boss. But things go terribly wrong when Ruby is killed by Hart, and John, now suspected of the murder, goes on the run... Watch the official trailer on YouTube


Screenplay by Frederick Knott
Production Manager Arthur Barnes
Editor Maurice Rootes
Assistant Director Jimmy Sangster
Make-up Phil Leakey
Hair Stylist Anne Box
Continuity Renee Glynne
Recordist Bill Salter
Casting Director Michael Carreras
Musical Director
 Frank Spencer
Played by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Director of Photography Walter Harvey
Camera Operator Peter Bryan
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Terence Fisher


John Harman George Brent
Stella Marguerite Chapman
Clive Raymond Huntley
Ruby Diana Dors
Jeff Hart Peter Reynolds
Vi Eleanor Summerfield
Inspector Dale Meredith Edwards
May Harman Isobel Dean
Joe Harry Fowler
Miss Rosetti Nelly Arno
Todd Conrad Phillips
Lang Lawrence Ward
Mr Quince David Keir
Mary Eleanore Bryan
Receptionist Jack Faint
Waiter Harold Goodwin
Mr Bruce Leslie Weston
Woman Customer Courtney Hope
The Tobacconist John Mann
P.C. Gibbons Archie Duncan
Elderly Customer Lawrence O'Madden
Second Customer Ian Wilson


Terance Fisher, Hammer's most highly regarded Director, makes his debut with the Company here.
 With the support of Lippert, Hammer now began to bring over established Hollywood stars to boost the appeal of their films in the US. George Brent, who was in fact a British subject, was the first of these. He had appeared in the classic musical "42nd Street" (1933), as well as in "The Rich Are Always With Us" (1932) and "Dark Victory" (1939). His co-star in the latter two was Bette Davis, who herself would later work for Hammer in "The Nanny" (1965) and "The Anniversary" (1968).

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection