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House of Blackmail (1953)

A blackmailer is murdered, and the police find that there is a long list of suspects who wanted to see him dead.

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Carol Blane
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Alexander Gauge ...
Markham
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Pete Carter
Denis Shaw ...
Bassett
Ingeborg von Kusserow ...
Emma (as Ingeborg Wells)
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C. Denier Warren ...
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A blackmailer is murdered, and the police find that there is a long list of suspects who wanted to see him dead.

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13 July 1953 (UK)  »

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Haus der Erpressung  »

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William Sylvester ferrets out a murderer
2 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"House of Blackmail" (1953) turned up on YouTube, giving an opportunity to view this previously scarce film. The IMDb summary line "A blackmailer is murdered, and the police find that there is a long list of suspects who wanted to see him dead" is inaccurate. Indeed, in an early story twist, a blackmailer is killed in his own house; but the police never get involved until the very end. It's William Sylvester who solves the mystery and pinpoints the murderer. The IMDb rating of 5.7 is about right, in my opinion, suggesting a film that's about average, which means it's watchable and affords reasonable entertainment.

Sylvester makes for a confident, almost jaunty, presence throughout. He's picked up by Mary Germaine who is going to the house of blackmail to dicker with Alexander Gauge. Sylvester might or might be an escaped convict. After they arrive, he poses as her lawyer and stands up against Gauge's demands as best he can. Forced to remain all night and unable to exit the house due to its electrified windows and doors, Sylvester prowls around looking for the materials that will release Germaine's brother from the demands. In the dark, Gauge is disposed of by someone. But who? There are quite a few others in the house too.

The acting carries the film, bringing to life an assortment of out of the way characters whose situations in the house are novel.


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