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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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Margaret 'Maggie' Doone
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Lance Gordon
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Lita Huntley (as Alvis Maben)
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Casey's Mother (as Nora Gorden)
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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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Not a film noir
15 May 2009 | by (Baltimore, Maryland, United States) – See all my reviews

While interesting for the footage of London circa 1954, this is an absurd movie. The story line is almost impossible to follow. There's almost no dramatic tension. The situations and supposed relationships are so unrealistic that even willing suspension of disbelief doesn't work. The protagonist is gullible and hard to swallow as a supposed tough guy when he spends so much time playing the fool to beautiful women and whimpering like a small boy to his mother, etc. And to top it off, it really doesn't strike me as a film noir at all, just a confusing murder mystery. The best thing about it is Belinda Lee, previously unknown to me, a beautiful woman who was killed a few years later, at 26, in a California car accident.


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