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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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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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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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A strange murder that looks like suicide, but who was really intended as the victim?
18 September 2019 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

Agatha Christie considered this intrigue one of the best ever written, and it certainly is. The mystery is deep here, and as it gradually is unravelled you are in for any number of surprises. The actors are outstanding, with Michael Wilding as the detective intruding on the private lives of the young widow Margaret Lockwood and the man who loves her, who is the prime suspect, while Orson Welles as the victim provides an impressing finale as he enters in the final flashback. Miles Malleson plays an important part as a reluctant participant in the plot, while the story is what really matters. Herbert Wilcox' direction is faultless but very formal, giving the film a somewhat conventional character - there is no cinematography to speak of, while music plays an important part - Eileen Joyce has a moment as a performing pianist, and the film score is by Anthony Collins, who is also seen acting as a conductor - one of his rare appearances on film. After having reached the end of the story, and Michael Wilding closing his last case as Trent, yuo just have to agree with Agatha Christie about the marvellous windings of this plot.


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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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1.37 : 1
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