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Trent's Last Case [DVD] 
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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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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.
* 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
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An old tape was fell acted and most enjoyable to watch I like a lot of the old actors thanksPublished on 12 Mar. 2014 by Ms. A. Esson
This a very very great film which i throughly enjoyed the story line good the actors work very well together you will find this easy to enjoyfully recomendedPublished on 10 Jan. 2014 by Thbrookes