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HAMMER FILM NOIR PRESENTS MAN BAIT W/ DIANA DORS PHOTOS

year: 1952 cast: Diana Dors, George Brent rating: ***1/2
With blonde beauty Diana Dors’ full lips, any expression wields a pout. And it's a seductively vicious pout as the story, centering on blackmail at a high-end English bookstore, unfolds.

Dors plays Ruby Bruce, whose stunning appearance alone turns men into jelly. Although her rich boss, with a lucrative insurance policy, is tougher than most “fish." So Ruby teams with ex-convict con man Jeffrey Hart to collect the money.

The slow nature in which the plot pans out is intriguing… As Jefferey coaches Ruby from the sidelines (at a posh bar), she becomes more and more guilt ridden and desperate, proving Dors, known as the “British Marilyn Monroe,” had more ability to carry a storyline than the American bombshell.mBut without her presence, MAN BAIT becomes your typical "wrong man" melodrama; although the talented cast of Brits (including second tier ingénue Marguerite Chapman and Raymond Huntley as a jerk store manager), and a few neat surprises, will keep your interest. Especially the last ten minutes when the antagonist gets really wicked.
Diana Dors in MAN BAIT
Diana Dors as Ruby Bruce in MAN BAIT
Diana Dors as Ruby Bruce
Diana Dors blackmailing her boss (George Brent)
Diana Dors and con artist Peter Reynolds
Diana Dors and Marguerite Chapman
Peter Reynolds (as Jeffrey Hart) means business
Diana Dors as Ruby Bruce in MAN BAIT
George Brent and Marguerite Chapman must carry the film...
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