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London Blackout Murders (1943)

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



(original screenplay)


Complete credited cast:
Mary McLeod ...
Mary Tillet
Inspector Harris
Oliver Madison
Mrs. Pringle (as Anita Bolster)
Louis Borel ...
Peter Dongen (as Louis Borell)
Air Raid Warden
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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Plot Keywords:

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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Technical Specs


| (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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Intellectually more interesting than emotionally
25 June 2011 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Moody murder mystery set during the early days of the Blitz. As people huddle in bomb shelters someone is going around killing well placed people. Who is doing it and why? Could it be the kindly tobacco salesman? Off beat film has mood and an odd plot that keeps you watching but there is something off about it that makes it more an intellectual candy than an emotional one. I like the film but I don't love it, part of the problem is the film is talky and oddly paced. The things that make it intellectually intriguing are the same things that make it prickly.

If you want a mystery that doesn't feel like any other this is it. If you want one that is warm and snuggly this isn't it.

definitely worth seeing for the intellectual intriguing nature of it.

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