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15 January 1943 (USA) See more »
A man helps the authorities uncover a ring of murderous Nazi spies in wartime London. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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John Abbott ... Jack Rawlings
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)

Billy Bevan ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Benson ... Cart Driver (uncredited)
Clifford Brooke ... Justice Burford (uncredited)
Edward Cooper ... King's Counsel (uncredited)
Carol Curtis-Brown ... Mary's Factory Co-Worker (uncredited)

Jean Fenwick ... Mary's WAAF Escort (uncredited)
Bobbie Hale ... Cockney Factory Worker (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Court Usher - Bailiff (uncredited)

Peter Lawford ... Percy - Soldier on Train (uncredited)

Emory Parnell ... Henryk Peterson (uncredited)
Pax Walker ... Percy's Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
George Sherman 
Writing credits
Curt Siodmak (original screenplay)

Produced by
George Sherman .... associate producer
Original Music by
Mort Glickman (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta  (as Jack Marta)
Film Editing by
Charles Craft 
Art Direction by
Russell Kimball 
Set Decoration by
Otto Siegel 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Siteman .... assistant director
Music Department
Morton Scott .... musical director
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Walter Scharf .... composer: title music (uncredited)

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59 min | USA:53 min (edited version)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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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.See more »


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A Few Nice Touches but a Dud, 4 December 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

London Blackout Murders (1943)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Bland, boring and rather predictable "mystery" from Republic set during London as WWII is at full steam. The people are terrified about the bombs dropping from the air but they've also got to worry about murders happening in the streets by a nut with a hypodermic needle. It turns out the killer is a store owner (John Abbott) who is considered one of the nicest men around so it's not who is doing the crimes but why. When you watch a Republic film you know very well not to expect anything overly special. At best you hope for a slightly entertaining film but sadly that's not the case with this thing, which even at 55-minutes seems way too long and pointless. The film tries to be clever and there are a few nice touches but in the end there's just not enough going on with this thing to make it worth viewing. Some of the interesting aspects is having it set during the war with the people of London having to deal with the air raids. This also leads to a couple nice scenes showing the women in the factories working while the men are off fighting in the war. This was something that was happening and it's rather shocking that so few movies mention it. We even get some talk of Jack the Ripper but outside of this stuff London BLACKOUT MURDERS is very flat. The entire reasons as to why this nice man is killing people should be obvious within the first few minutes of the film so when the big twist happens it comes way too late. Abbott is a fine actor and does what he can with the role but even he can't work miracles. Mary McLeod plays the woman renting a room from him but she can't add much either. The final courtroom stuff is rather embarrassing so needless to say there's not really any reason to check this one out. Universal horror vet Curt Siodmak wrote the screenplay.

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