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The Dark Light (1951)

The crew of a lighthouse rescues people they believe to be survivors of a shipwreck, only to find out that they are a gang of bank robbers on the run from the law.

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The crew of a lighthouse rescues people they believe to be survivors of a shipwreck, only to find out that they are a gang of bank robbers on the run from the law.

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Dark lighthouse conceals treachery
27 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Dark Light" (1951) is a Britnoir. My copy runs 63 minutes and 27 seconds, no doubt cut from the IMDb official 75-minute version. Critic John Grant reviews this movie and lists an even longer 82-minute running time.

The first 9 minutes show a small ship engaging a dark lighthouse. This is a sea-lighthouse, not a land lighthouse. Three people from the ship go into the unusual structure to explore why it's dark. The rest of the movie dispenses with these characters until near the end and shows a flashback. Someone has doctored the video and superimposed "Previous Day" at the 9-minute mark.

In the flashback, the lighthouse keepers are three in number: David Greene, Norman Macowan and Jack Stewart. Greene is a simple beefy bloke. Stewart is older, wiser and cynical. Macowan is the old salt skipper. They spot a small boat at sea and take in three more persons: the leader Albert Lieven, Martin Benson, who is prone to violence, and the attractive and lively Katherine Blake. They have robbed a bank and escaped by sea, but had to take to the small boat. As this is revealed, conflicts develop as the guest trio wants to escape, not await a rescue, and as fissures develop within the host trio.

It's an unusual setting that makes for tension and mystery.


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