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Trent's Last Case [DVD] [1952]

Michael Wilding , Margaret Lockwood , Herbert Wilcox    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Wilding, Margaret Lockwood, Orson Welles, John McCallum, Miles Malleson
  • Directors: Herbert Wilcox
  • Producers: Herbert Wilcox
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z63Z5G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,661 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Intrepid journalist come private eye Philip Trent (Michael Wilding) suspects foul play when an American financier is found dead in the grounds of his Hampshire mansion. Featuring Orson Welles in a supporting role and previously made in 1929 by Howard Hawks.

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Story of amateur criminologist exploits in solving baffling crime. ...Trent's Last Case

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good example of 50s British mystery thriller 11 Feb 2010
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The body of tycoon Sigsbee (yes really - American of course) Manderson is found. The coroner rules it is suicide but newspaperman Trent is not convinced...

So develops a murder mystery in 50s style in Black and White. No explicit violence; this film relies on intrigue and the relationships between characters. It has an exceptional cast with Orson Welles as Sigsbee Manderson (played in flashbacks since his murder starts the film), Margaret Lockwood (best known for The Lady Vanishes) as the deceased's wife, and Michael Wilding as Trent.

It is not a fast-paced film and there is a lot of dialogue but what a welcome change from the "wham-bam" American drivel that predominates these days. Really it is a matter of taste. If you like the genre and style of that era then I think you will enjoy this film which is well made and well acted.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic British "whodunnit" from 1952 6 Oct 2009
By hmorley
I enjoyed this film immensely, probably because I am a Margaret Lockwood fan and collect as many of her films as I can when they are available.Amazon did not sell it when I searched for it but I managed to find a dealer on Ebay who specialised in the older films and I won the auction."Trent's Last Case" is a cultured British film, from Republic films, from 1952 with an excellent cast who speak with wonderful diction and enunciation before "kitchen sink drama" mesmerised film producers.Herbert Wilcox (Anna Neagle's husband) produced this gripping thriller that keeps you guessing right up to the very end.I will concede that the plot is structured at times a bit like an amateur dramatic society production but this I think gives it its intrinsic charm especially when the principal parts are played by good professional actors.An example is Orson Wells sitting in an armchair and filmed from the rear redolent of a James Bond villain.He only needed to be stroking a white cat on his lap!! Michael Wilding plays his usual debonair self as "Philip Trent" the artistic crime reporter.Margaret Lockwood plays again the pianoforte. This time we have the pleasure of listening to Eileen Joyce (the real pianist) playing the famous Mozart piano concerto no:24 in C minor, larghetto movement.Eileen's other famous film credit was playing the Rachmaninov 2nd piano concerto in C minor for "Brief Encounter (1945).Orson as mentioned was fond of Shakespeare's "Othello" and some of this plot is worked into this film.Like "The Third Man" (1949), Orson does not appear until late into the film but he immediately makes his not inconsiderable presence felt as "Sigsbee Manderson".Margaret plays Margaret Manderson his wife.No trouble remembering her name by the cast! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film 16 Jun 2012
By raja
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Having read the book "Trent's Last Case" I was interested to see how it appeared on film. The story has been altered but it was enjoyable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trents last case 12 Mar 2014
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An old tape was fell acted and most enjoyable to watch I like a lot of the old actors thanks
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