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Blackout (1954)

Murder by Proxy (original title)
An American in London, down on his luck, runs into a beautiful blonde in a bar who offers him a lot of money to marry her. Broke and unemployed, he takes her up on it. When he wakes up the ... See full summary »

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Casey Morrow
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Phyllis Brunner
Betty Ann Davies ...
Mrs. Alicia Brunner
Eleanor Summerfield ...
Margaret 'Maggie' Doone
Andrew Osborn ...
Lance Gordon
Harold Lang ...
Travis / Victor Vanno
Jill Melford ...
Miss Nardis
Alvys Maben ...
Lita Huntley (as Alvis Maben)
Michael Golden ...
Inspector Johnson
Nora Gordon ...
Casey's Mother (as Nora Gorden)
Alfie Bass ...
Ernie
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An American in London, down on his luck, runs into a beautiful blonde in a bar who offers him a lot of money to marry her. Broke and unemployed, he takes her up on it. When he wakes up the next day, he finds himself in a strange room that turns out to be an artist's studio, there is blood on his coat, and he discovers that his new "wife's" father had been murdered the night before. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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EXPLODES...in a sinister network of evil!


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19 March 1954 (USA)  »

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Referenced in Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood! (1987) See more »

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Le Soir
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Music by Louis Gasté
Lyrics by Georges Koger
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nice performance by Dane Clark
23 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a Kit Parker/Hammer Film starring Dane Clark, Belinda Lee. Eleanor Summerfield, and Harold Lang.

Clark plays Casey Morrow, an American in England. One night he meets a beautiful blond named Phyllis (Lee) and she offers him a job for a big amount of money. All he has to do is marry her.

The next day, he can't remember a thing except meeting her. He's in a strange place with a a woman he doesn't know, and there's blood on his coat. It's the painter's studio of a friend of Phyllis' (Summerfield). Morrow sees in the paper that his new wife's father was murdered the night before. Did he do it? Did Phyllis set him up? And where is Phyllis? This is an okay noirish film that has some humor in it as well as drama. Clark is very good as a confused man trying to make his way through a labyrinth of lies and people. The plot is a little all over the place and not that easy to follow.

Clark was supposed to be another John Garfield, but his career went in another direction. He was very successful in television, appearing as a regular or semi-regular in many series and guest-starring on many TV shows. Belinda Lee unfortunately died in a car accident in the U.S. when she was 25. In this film, she is around 19 years of age and very beautiful, touted as a Diana Dors-type. A sad end.


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