Man in Hiding (1953)

79 mins | Mystery | 2 October 1953

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HISTORY

Working titles of this film were Hounded and There’s No Escape. American-based producer Alexander Paal's Man in Hiding was shot in Great Britain and first released there under the title Mantrap. The above synopsis and credits are based on contemporary reviews and copyright records. ...

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Working titles of this film were Hounded and There’s No Escape. American-based producer Alexander Paal's Man in Hiding was shot in Great Britain and first released there under the title Mantrap. The above synopsis and credits are based on contemporary reviews and copyright records.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Oct 1953
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Harrison's Reports
7 Nov 1953
p. 179
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jun 1952
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jul 1952
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 1952
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Hollywood Reporter
28 Oct 1953
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Los Angeles Times
28 Oct 1953
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Monthly Film Bulletin
Apr 1953
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Motion Picture Daily
19 Nov 1953
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The Exhibitor
18 Nov 1953
p. 3644
Variety
28 Oct 1953
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Hammer Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Queen in Danger by Elleston Trevor (London, 1952).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Hounded
Mantrap
There's No Escape
Release Date:
2 October 1953
Production Date:
mid Jun--late Jul 1952 at Bray Studios, Windsor, England
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
United Artists Corp.
5 November 1953
LP3083
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
79
Length(in feet):
7,095
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

English convicted killer and artist Mervyn Speight, who was found guilty by reason of insanity, escapes from prison. A friend of Mervyn enlists lawyer and amateur detective Hugo Bishop to locate the artist. Bishop’s talent at detective work enables him to locate Mervyn at a London bomb site, the scene of the murder. The escaped convict reveals that he hopes to prove his innocence because he remembers seeing a man’s face before being knocked unconscious and arrested. Meanwhile Mervyn’s wife Thelma, a magazine writer, has been living as the wife of Victor Tasman. Thelma’s editor, Maurice Jerrard, is the only person who knows that her real husband is incarcerated. Since Mervyn’s escape, Thelma fears that he will come after her because of her affair. Bishop comes to believe that Mervyn is sane and innocent, and invites all the other potential suspects to a party. When Mervyn identifies Jerrard as the murderer, Jerrard escapes and, after being pursued by police through London, accidentally falls to his death near the crime scene. Now free, Mervyn travels to Europe so his ex-wife may pursue her ...

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English convicted killer and artist Mervyn Speight, who was found guilty by reason of insanity, escapes from prison. A friend of Mervyn enlists lawyer and amateur detective Hugo Bishop to locate the artist. Bishop’s talent at detective work enables him to locate Mervyn at a London bomb site, the scene of the murder. The escaped convict reveals that he hopes to prove his innocence because he remembers seeing a man’s face before being knocked unconscious and arrested. Meanwhile Mervyn’s wife Thelma, a magazine writer, has been living as the wife of Victor Tasman. Thelma’s editor, Maurice Jerrard, is the only person who knows that her real husband is incarcerated. Since Mervyn’s escape, Thelma fears that he will come after her because of her affair. Bishop comes to believe that Mervyn is sane and innocent, and invites all the other potential suspects to a party. When Mervyn identifies Jerrard as the murderer, Jerrard escapes and, after being pursued by police through London, accidentally falls to his death near the crime scene. Now free, Mervyn travels to Europe so his ex-wife may pursue her romance.

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Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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