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While bombers roar overhead during a practice blackout in a large American West coast city, Robert Draper, is among the prisoners in a police van. The inventor of a new range finder for anti-aircraft guns, he has been sentenced to death for the murder of his co-worker, Tom Manton, on the perjured testimony of night club singer Marie Duval, despite character evidence given in his favor by John Ronnel. Draper escapes when the van is in an accident and seeks refuge in a park, where he runs into telephone operator Mary Jones who decides to help him. They go to a garage where they cut the chain holding Draper's wrists together, and then to a hotel where they register as brother and sister. Draper telephones Ronnel, sure he is the only man who can establish his innocence. Ronnel, however, anonymously, telephones the police and Draper and Mary barely escape. Draper, knowing that Marie has information that can clear him, goes to the club where she works and finds her murdered. Written by
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »
Boasting one of the largest casts ever assembled for a "B" movie, "Pacific Blackout" certainly holds the viewer's attention from first to last, despite its disappointingly slack direction from Ralph Murphy who manages to make a potentially exciting, edge-of-the-seat murder mystery just one of those things that audiences used to be trained to come late for. In addition to its incredibly diverse cast, and its inventively unusual story, the movie was most engagingly photographed by Theodor Sparkuhl. Of the players, Robert Preston turns in his usual engaging performance as the harassed hero, and he gets some great support from Martha O'Driscoll and Eva Gabor. Alas, like many of the great pictures in Paramount's library, this movie seems to have disappeared and is not currently available on DVD.
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