1952 Mantrap

Mantrap - 1952

Alternative title: Man in Hiding

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films (UK) and United Artists (USA) 
Copyright 1952 by Exclusive Films Ltd. 
All characters in this photoplay are fictitious and bear no resemblance to any real person, living or dead 
RCA Sound System 
Produced at Exclusive Studios, Bray
From the Original Story "Queen in Danger" by Elleston Trevor 

Black & White 79 minutes


Mervyn Speight has escaped from prison, where he has been for the murder of a young woman two years earlier. He insists that he is an innocent man who was framed and lawyer Hugo Bishop, believing him, sets out to prove his story...


Art Director Elder Wills
Editor Jim Needs
Dialogue Director Nora Roberts
Recordist Jack Miller
Production Manager Victor Wark
Assistant Director Bill Shore
Continuity Renee Glynne
Make-up D. Bonnor-Moris
Lois Maxwell's Wardrobe by Jane Ironside
Model Gowns by Ricci Michaels Ltd.
Camera Operator Len Harris
Director of Photography Reginald Wyer
Music Composed by Doreen Carwithen
Played by The Philarmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Marcus Dodds
Screenplay by Paul Tabori and Terence Fisher
Adaptation by Paul Tabori
Produced by Michael Carreras and Alexander Paal
Directed by Terence Fisher


Hugo Bishop Paul Henreid
Thelma Lois Maxwell
Speight Kieron Moore
Jerrard Hugh Sinclair
Frisnay Lloyd Lamble
Rex Anthony Forwood
Victor Bill Travers
Susie Mary Laura Wood
Vera Kay Kendall
Derval Liam Gaffney
Du Vancet John Penrose
Barker Conrad Phillips
Doctor Jack Stuart
Marjorie Anna Turner
Joanna Christina Forrest
Alphonse Arnold Diamond
Laura Jane Welsh
Plain Clothes Man Geoffrey Murphy
Detective Terry Carney
Receptionist Sally Newl
Fashion Compere Barbara Kowin


Like Hammer, actor Kieron Moore later tried his hand at horror, starring in "Doctor Blood's Coffin" (1960) and "The Day of the Triffids" (1962). Kay Kendall, who is also in Hammer's "Wings of Danger" (1952), became a popular film actress until her premature death in 1959, at the age of just 33. 
Len Harris, mentioned here for the first time, became Hammer's regular Camera Operator for the next ten years. 
Conrad Phillips, who plays Barker in this film, became William Tell in the ITC TV series of the early 1960s. He also appears in the horror film "Circus of Horrors" (1960).

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