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London Blackout Murders (1943)

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A man helps the authorities uncover a ring of murderous Nazi spies in wartime London.



(original screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Mary McLeod ...
Mary Tillet
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Inspector Harris
Lester Matthews ...
Oliver Madison
Anita Sharp-Bolster ...
Mrs. Pringle (as Anita Bolster)
Louis Borel ...
Peter Dongen (as Louis Borell)
Air Raid Warden
Lumsden Hare ...
Supt. Neil
Frederick Worlock ...
Eugene Caldwell (as Frederic Worlock)
Carl Harbord ...
George Sandleigh
Keith Hitchcock ...
Village Constable
Tom Stevenson ...
Police Doctor


During the dark days of World War II, young Mary Tillet is bombed out of her home and forced to seek lodgings upstairs from a tobacconist. Her kindly but mysterious landlord, Jack Rawlings, attempts to transform the empty, web-strewn apartment into a home. After reading newspaper accounts of the "London Blackout Murders," Mary is plagued by dread. Is her landlord a hero, or a sinister assassin? Taken as a period piece, the movie is a gem that briskly portrays the effects of wartime shortages, women in the workplace, and the moral ambiguity inherent in life-or-death situations. Written by plot summary by floodmouse

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murder | nazi | spy | judge | courtroom | See All (26) »


Crime | Drama | Thriller | War





Release Date:

15 January 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Secret Motive  »

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| (edited)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jack Rawlings: Please, George! Let's use a little discrimination. Murder loses it's exquisite message if it's used promiscuously.
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Bomb shelters aren't totally safe.
14 December 2010 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

A more or less predictable 50 minute B-picture from Republic. Taking place in London during WWII, where bombs are falling hard and heavy. Terrified people seek out the closest shelter with something else to fear...a sly lunatic seems to have a murderous agenda of killing people with a hypodermic needle. There soon becomes comparisons with the legendary Jack the Ripper. A tobacco store owner (John Abbott)suddenly draws attention as curiosity grows about the selection of the rich men being murdered during the German bombing raids. All of the victims do have something in common and in the eyes of the law...murder is murder. Other players include: Mary McLeod, Lloyd Corrigan, Anita Sharp-Bolster and Lester Matthews.

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