Trents Last Case (1952)


This should be a superb movie in the mystery tradition. It has a truly complex plot that has several reveals, and a suitably Holmes-like detective. The problem is that we see the detective working things out like a Poirot would. But we learn absolutely nothing until the end. So I cannot recommend it on the grounds of being a fine mystery.

But holy cow, it has Orson in one of his best, most relaxed selves. He was taking the time to pay off loans for his Othello, and you hear him speak of the play. If you are interested at all in this man’s work, then you need to be serious about Othello. So you need to see at least this segment of the film.

Posted in 2022

Ted’s Evaluation — 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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