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Trent's Last Case (1952 film)

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Trent's Last Case
"Trent's Last Case" (1952).jpg
British theatrical poster
Directed byHerbert Wilcox
Written by
  • Pamela Bower
Based onTrent's Last Case by E.C. Bentley
Produced byHerbert Wilcox
CinematographyMutz Greenbaum
Edited byBill Lewthwaite
Music byAnthony Collins
Imperadio Pictures
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
29 October 1952
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£155,903 (UK)[1]

Trent's Last Case is a 1952 British detective film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Michael Wilding, Margaret Lockwood, Orson Welles and John McCallum.[2] It was based on the 1913 novel Trent's Last Case by E. C. Bentley, and had been filmed previously in the UK with Clive Brook in 1920, and in a 1929 US version.[3][4]

It was also the film debut of actor Kenneth Williams, best known for his roles in the Carry On comedy film series.


A major international financier is found dead at his Hampshire home. The Record newspaper assigns its leading investigative reporter, Phillip Trent, to the case. In spite of the police cordon, he manages to gain entry to the house by posing as a relative. While there he manages to pick up some of the background to the case from Inspector Murch, the Irish detective leading the investigation. Despite Murch's suggestion that the death is suicide, Trent quickly becomes convinced that it was in fact murder.

At the inquest, the coroner swiftly concludes that the deceased, Sigsbee Manderson, had killed himself. Trent, however, is given permission by his editor to continue to pursue the story. His attention is drawn to Manderson's widow, Margaret.



Margaret Lockwood had just signed a contract with Herbert Wilcox who was better known for making films with his wife, Anna Neagle. Neagle and Lockwood were among the most popular British stars in the country in the 1940s. Lockwood's career had been in a slump and this film was seen as a comeback. It was her first film in two years.[5][6] The arrangement with Wilcox would kill off Lockwood's career as a star.[7]

Herbert Wilcox wrote in his memoirs that he paid Orson Welles £12,000 for his role but because Welles was in so much debt the actor wound up with only £150. Wilcox and Welles worked together again on Trouble in the Glen (1954).[8] Lockwood wrote in her memoirs that she adored working with Wilcox. She said "Orson is a genius and like most geniuses in my experience, sometimes a trifle off. His oddity, or so it seemed to me while making this picture, was that he wanted to play his love scenes with me entirely by himself; without me... I must say they were very successful."[9] The film's sets were designed by the art director William C. Andrews.

In one scene, Eileen Joyce is shown playing part of Mozart's C minor Concerto, K. 491 at the Royal Opera House with an orchestra under Anthony Collins.

Critical reception

Leonard Maltin rated the film 2.5 out of 4 stars and noted "superior cast in lukewarm tale of the investigation of businessman's death" while Jay Carr on the TCM website, wrote, "In Trent's Last Case, Welles shares the spotlight with his spectacular putty nose. It's a mighty ice-breaker of a nose, straight-edged as a steel blade, pulverizing all in its path, including whatever pretension to credibility this creaky British murder mystery might have retained."[10][11]


  1. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p498
  2. ^ "Trent's Last Case (1952) - BFI". BFI.
  3. ^ "Trent's Last Case (1920) - BFI". BFI.
  4. ^ Hal Erickson. "Trent's Last Case (1952) - Herbert Wilcox - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  5. ^ "Comeback, but feud has ended". The Mail. Vol. 41, no. 2, 060. Adelaide. 24 November 1951. p. 8 (SUNDAY MAGAZINE). Retrieved 1 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "£20,000 FILM CONTRACT". The News. Vol. 58, no. 8, 969. Adelaide. 8 May 1952. p. 1. Retrieved 1 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Vagg, Stephen (29 January 2020). "Why Stars Stop Being Stars: Margaret Lockwood". Filmink.
  8. ^ Herbert Wilcox, Twenty Five Thousand Sunsets p 134-135
  9. ^ Lockwood, Margaret (1955). Lucky Star: The Autobiography of Margaret Lockwood. Odhams Press Limited. pp. 162–163.
  10. ^ "Trent's Last Case (1953) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies.
  11. ^ "Trent's Last Case (1953) - Articles -". Turner Classic Movies.

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