While working in a bookstore, a double-barreled femme fatale (Diana Dors, thus making the title redundant) catches a man stealing a rare book. Report him to the police? Not on your life! She goes with him on a date. A romantic evening that leads to blackmail!
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I agree with the other positive reviewers. The villan could have been played a little more like Richard Widmark's villans for better effect.
And Diana Dors was a little like Lauren Bacall. I noticed the heavy, sexy eye lids on the actors. None of the phony plastic surgery blethroplasties of every Hollywood star and starlet. All in all these British noir films are more realistic and more exciting than Hollywood films. Despite the poor choice for a title, it is a decent film and that is why I like Fandor!
I haven't wanted to harm someone in decades as much as I wanted to destroy piece by piece the bad guy in this movie. His cold -heartedness, manipulation, and murder caused me to want him to hang tonight.
Kept me going. I love these old British flicks.
This thriller totally exceeded my expectations! Simply from the blonde and the title, I was anticipating something entirely different. This was a wonderful web of lies, deception, blackmail, and phenomenal storytelling. #WhyILoveTheClassics
Love Diana Dors. I wish they had Yield To The night which was a great film she was in.
anyway, I like British film noir and this was not an exception. Nice way to pass some time.
It was just alright for me. From a movie trailer I had seen, I just knew it was a must see film. A little disappointed.
Jolly good fun.
Kind of average film noir.
Not bad.....plot ok
Good drama and well played for an English film....
Very enjoyable film despite its predictability. Nice claustrophobic setting. The killer was the weakest character in the film, unfortunately. Dors' performance was poignant and weirdly appealing, giving the viewer something to chew on as the plot progressed to its predetermined conclusion. A pretty good little movie, especially for those who have seen most of the noir flicks available online.
I prefer to find something vaguely likable or camp about the murderers in film noir flicks. I'm sure for others the fact that MAN BAIT introduces Diana Dors is enough. Interesting twist on the usual blackmail plot. Good setting (a book store) and strong supporting cast of characters.
Good noir flick. These Brit actors have the least pronounced British accents I've ever heard. Diana Dors is very much the vixen, restrained by the film making rules of 1952. Is it my imagination, or is no one concerned at the end of the film that the apartment building is STILL on fire? Definitely worth watching.