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Pat Dale
Patric Doonan ...
Chalky
Kynaston Reeves ...
Mr. Dale
Annette D. Simmonds ...
Lila Drew (as Annette Simmonds)
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Otto Ford
Michael Evans ...
Guy Sinclair
Michael Brennan ...
Mickey Garston
Ernest Butcher ...
Benny
Campbell Singer ...
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Madoline Thomas ...
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Basil Appleby ...
Norman Dale
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
Dr. Langley (as Ronald Leigh Hunt)
Pat Metcalfe ...
Maid
Ida Patlanski ...
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A man suffering from temporary blindness accidentally walks into a house where a murder has just occurred. The killers, realizing he's blind, decide not to kill him but just knock him out and leave him out on the street. When the police find him they don't believe his story because they can't find a body. After he regains his sight he sets out to find the body and the killers, and runs into a woman who is looking for her missing brother, who may or may not be the murder victim. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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excellent dry run for The Saint
8 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

Blackout is an excellent example of early 50s British crime thrillers. The unfairly neglected Maxwell Reed stars as Chris Pelly, a blind man who literally falls into a murder mystery. Pelly regains his sight after an operation and then sets about unraveling the aforementioned mystery. Forget the negative comments made about this film and about Maxwell Reed, it is an extremely entertaining film and Reed is very good as the wise-cracking hero. The producers of this film went on to produce Roger Moore's series The Saint and this film is almost like a dry run for that production. Reed lacks Moore's charisma, but he has a nice way with the one-liners and he looks good, always a bonus in films such as these. Blackout is available on DVD and is worth a few quid of anyone's money. Several other Maxwell Reed films are now also available on DVD and some of them are really good .... There Is Another Sun, Daughter Of Darkness, The Square Ring and Marilyn and all highly recommended.


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