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Maxwell Reed ...
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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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Basil Appleby ...
Norman Dale
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
Dr. Langley (as Ronald Leigh Hunt)
Pat Metcalfe ...
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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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Blackout not a washout, more worn out
14 September 2014 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

It starts out very promising with a bland blind man walking towards a moving camera and thinking out his rather wooden thoughts but the viewer is quickly undeceived – it's another low budget film from Baker & Berman. This is proto-Saint, except it has robotic Maxwell Reed playing a cold hard-boiled engineer unable to mind his own business. Along with his fanatical sleuthing he also shared a high-rise coiffure with Roger Moore.

When blind he's a er witness to a murder, after his sight is restored he's eventually convinced he actually did stumble across a foul deed and goes on a convoluted chase after the baddies. And there turns out to be a lot of 'em too, the film gets littered with corpses of the murdered variety. Outside of Leslie Charteris and Peter Cheyney this is the kind of thing Americans always did best, seventy years later gunplay is still pretty rare in the UK…so far. Also they were always better at B films too, British B films merely looked like they were made by children. And Americans will always be better at American accents. At least Dinah Sheridan was in here as dependable as ever as the hero's backup, while there are so many other familiar faces at their day jobs too – crusty Kynaston Reeves, sweaty Eric Pohlmann, lumpy Michael Brennan, and Patric Doonan, Campbell Singer to name a few. As well as the vanished faces and morals a vanished Britain is also beautifully on display, with some occasionally nice photography. But is the film any good? Well no, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Could I recommend it to anyone? Well no, but hopefully I'll watch it again sometime just to make sure.


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