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DIANA DORS TEMPTS THE HAMMER FILMS FILM-NOIR 'MAN BAIT'

year: 1952 cast: Diana Dors, George Brent rating: ***1/2

With blonde beauty Diana Dors’ full-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...

So Ruby teams with ex-convict con artist Jeffrey Hart to collect the money, and the deliberately 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 (a Noir staple) and desperate, proving Dors, known as the “British Marilyn Monroe,” had more ability to carry a storyline than the American bombshell... 

Without her presence, MAN BAIT becomes your typical "wrong man" melodrama; although the talented cast of Brits (including Marguerite Chapman and Raymond Huntley as the manipulative secretary and boss), and a few neat surprises, will keep your interest. Especially the last ten minutes when the antagonist gets really wicked.

Diana Dors in the Hammer Films Film Noir MAN BAIT
Diana Dors in the Hammer Films Film Noir MAN BAIT
Diana Dors in Hammer's MAN BAIT with George Brent
Diana Dors in Hammer's MAN BAIT with Peter Reynolds
Diana Dors and Marguerite Chapman in Hammer's MAN BAIT
Peter Reynolds with Diana Dors in MAN BAIT
Diana Dors in the Hammer Films Film Noir MAN BAIT
George Brent and Marguerite Chapman in MAN BAIT
Diana Dors in Hammer's MAN BAIT

 

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