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Trent's Last Case [DVD] [1952]

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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z63Z5G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,379 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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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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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This is a 1952 black and white thriller from the American studio, Republic, although it was filmed in the UK (Shepperton possibly) and the cast, except for Orson Welles, are British. We found the proceedings a little too talky and there was a distinct lack of pace, but director, Herbert Wilcox, uses excellent lighting and well-angled shots to bring out Margaret Lockwood's beauty, which is a big plus. She also gets to wear some fabulous clothes and uses her distinctive voice to good effect. Ms Lockwood was why we wanted the film, so we were well satisified, but others may want more than that, so here are a few plus and minus points from our point of view:

* The direction may be slow, but Wilcox turns the pages adequately and gives all the actors their fair share of close-ups, which is a big plus considering the charm of the main players
* Orson Welles does a good job in a relatively short part as Lockwood's rich husband who is found shot dead in the grounds of their country mansion. My husband liked his quirky touches, including the prosthetic nose, but I found his performance a bit over the top
* Good performances from Michael Wilding as the gentleman reporter trying to track down the murderer and Sam Kydd as the inspector in charge of the case (although, as always, he doesn't get enough to do). By contrast, Miles Malleson gets a very welcome and meaty role, although I'd like to have seen more of Kenneth Williams, who makes the most of a very small part. John McCallum is adequate but probably the least interesting.
* A short but impressive appearance by the famous Australian pianist, Eileen Joyce, playing Mozart
* A plot that keeps you guessing, but is maybe a little too contrived for some tastes (eg, mine). The action is also rather studio-bound. That said, we found the film as a whole quite enjoyable - a bit of old fashioned starchy glamour from the 1950s is OK with us.
* A beautiful print, but I had to turn the sound up a bit - no subtitles
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I bought this movie, having not seen it before, and at first I thought it was a bit slow. I thought it would have more suspense or a twisted plot or even a few laughs, but this film didn't really say much to me. If there was nothing on the telly on a cold Sunday afternoon, you may find its watchable.
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By raja on 16 Jun. 2012
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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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this is a great film starring one of my favourite women actresses of all time , margaret lockwood, it co stars orson wells as phillip trent and is a classic whodunnit, full of red herrings and misdirection, and i didnt guess what had happened and for me this was great as with most modern who dunn its
i always know the guilty party before the middle of the film

right to the film, it has a run time of 90 minuetes, margaret lockwood stars as mrs manderson the then widow of the victim a finacier who has been depressed lately, he is found dead in the garden of his country home shot through the head, the gun at his side, the police investigate, this is where journalist phillip trent comes in, the police and the inquest state it was suicide, but phillip trent isnt so sure

the film continues with his investigation, i cant tell you anymore with out ruining the ending but its a great film that drew me in from the start and kept me guessing right to the end

margaret lockwood brings such charm to every film ive ever seen her in and all though ive never seen orson wells in anything before im so impressed im now off to look for other things he was in
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