(aka 'The Woman Is Trouble' or 'The Flanagan Boys')

 

directed by Reginald Le Borg
UK 1953

 

Soon Johnny and Lorna begin a secret affair. Lorna tells Johnny she's pregnant with his child, but he's not sure if the father is him or her husband. Despite his doubts, Lorna tells him she loves him and talks him into killing her husband -- as he makes it look like a drowning accident. When Giuseppe's mother and sister arrive from Italy for the funeral, they suspect Lorna because she's acting so nervous and she faked being pregnant. Johnny becomes guilt-stricken and wants to go to the police when Lorna tells him her pregnancy was a lie. When Lorna can't stop him, she poisons the fighter and makes it look like a suicide.

The most interesting aspect, was the real troubled life of Barbara Payton. The once promising Hollywood starlet (Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye /Murder is my Beat) was the trophy sexual object of a fistfight between actors Franchot Tone and Tom Neal. As a result, Tone ended up in the hospital. According to her autobiography Tone married her soon after, but divorced her seven weeks later accusing her of adultery with Neal. The scandal put a damper on Payton's career. Payton eventually ended up as a call girl and was arrested for prostitution, drunkenness, and passing bad checks. Payton told her story in a sensational autobiography titled "I Am Not Ashamed."

 Excerpt from Dennis Schwart's Ozus' World Movie Reviews located HERE.

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Theatrical Release: April 10th, 1953

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DVD Review: VCI Entertainment (Hammer Film Noir Vol. 3) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Also available in VCI's Hammer Film Noir Collector's Set, Vol. 1-3 which includes Bad Blonde (1953) Man Bait (1952) A Stolen Face (1952) - Blackout (1954) Gambler and the Lady (1952) - Heat Wave (1954) but BEWARE the packaging is circumspect - a large case with three discs stacked immediately on top of one another. It is advisable, even paying a slight amount more to buy the three Double Features individually.

             

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VCI Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:19:45
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5:42 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: VCI Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Bios for Reginald Le Borg and Barbara Payton

• Trailers for Blonde Ice, Bad Blonde, Man Bait
• Short Commentaries about Hammer Noir and the films by Richard M. Roberts

DVD Release Date: August 28, 2006
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Chapters 12

 

 

Comments The only major flaw is that the transfer is interlaced. Contrast and sharpness are better than anticipated. Tube worthy this Noir effort is quite enjoyable for fans of the style - as is the whole 1-3 disc boxset - bordering on essential for a Noir library.  The supplements are slim pickings but at least a viable effort by VCI. Optional subtitles would have been appreciated but certainly one can't argue with the price.

 - Gary Tooze

 






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(aka "The Last Page" )

 

directed by Terence Fisher
UK 1952

 

Man Bait (1952) - Look Out…Diana Dors in the title role makes the title redundant! While working in a bookstore, our double-barreled femme fatale catches a man stealing a rare book. Report him to the police? Not on your life! She goes with him on a date…one that leads to blackmail!.

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Well over a dozen co-productions were made by Hammer and Exclusive using American stars, the occasional American director, and frequently involving American writers, most notably Richard Landau. The first was The Last Page (retitled Man Bait), Terence Fisher was the director (his first work for Hammer-Exclusive); Frederick Knott, better known as the author of Dial M for Murder did the screenplay from a stage play by James Hadley Chase. All told, far more striking talents were at work than on any picture, and commercially it did the trick.

George Brent, nearing the end of his career, portrays a London bookshop manager blackmailed by Diana Dors as his busty young assistant in cahoots with her boyfriend (Peter Reynolds). Another American star, Marguerite Chapman, provided the conventional love interest for a happy ending.

Excerpt from BritMovie.co.UK located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 16 April 1954 (USA)

Reviews    More Reviews  DVD Reviews

DVD Review: VCI Entertainment (Hammer Film Noir Vol. 3) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

DVD Box Cover

CLICK to order from:

Also available in VCI's Hammer Film Noir Collector's Set, Vol. 1-3 which includes Bad Blonde (1953) Man Bait (1952) A Stolen Face (1952) - Blackout (1954) Gambler and the Lady (1952) - Heat Wave (1954) but BEWARE the packaging is circumspect - a large case with three discs stacked immediately on top of one another. It is advisable, even paying a slight amount more to buy the three Double Features individually.

             

Distribution

VCI Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:17:45
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5:42 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: VCI Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Bio for Terence Fisher and Diana Dors

• Trailers for Blonde Ice, Bad Blonde, Man Bait
• Short Commentaries about Hammer Noir and the films by Richard M. Roberts


DVD Release Date: August 28, 2006
Keepcase

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments Interlaced yet again (and analog sourced), but we'll take what we can get. The image has impressive detail and strong contrast. As we know with Film Noir - the imperfections tend to add to the atmosphere - especially for CRT (tube) viewing...

First time to DVD the films in the VCI package are superior to expected rendering - making this something Noir fans can't really ignore.

 - Gary Tooze

 

 



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