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


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Frederick Knott
Arthur Barnes
Maurice Rootes
Jimmy Sangster
Phil Leakey
Anne Box
Renee Glynne
Bill Salter
Michael Carreras
Frank Spencer
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Walter Harvey
Peter Bryan
Anthony Hinds
Terence Fisher


 John Harman
Jeff Hart
Inspector Dale
May Harman
Miss Rosetti
Mr Quince
Mr Bruce
Woman Customer
The Tobacconist
P.C. Gibbons
Elderly Customer
Second Customer

George Brent
Marguerite Chapman
Raymond Huntley
Diana Dors
Peter Reynolds
Eleanor Summerfield
Meredith Edwards
Isobel Dean
Harry Fowler
Nelly Arno
Conrad Phillips
Lawrence Ward
David Keir
Eleanore Bryan
Jack Faint
Harold Goodwin
Leslie Weston
Courtney Hope
John Mann
Archie Duncan
Lawrence O’Madden
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