6.2/10
277
10 user 8 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(as Richard Landau), (novel)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Man Bait (1952)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The married owner of a bookstore is attracted to his sexy blonde clerk. He finally gives in to temptation and makes a pass at her, but that only results in him getting enmeshed in blackmail and murder.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: George Brent, Marguerite Chapman, Raymond Huntley
Certificate: Passed Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An ex-bomber pilot is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix
Stolen Face (1952)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A doctor repairs a female inmate's disfigured face to match the lovely woman who left him, and marries her, only to find out how abusive she is.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Paul Henreid, Lizabeth Scott, André Morell
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Newly arrived in Britain, a jet-lagged musician impulsively goes to the apartment of a beautiful blues singer he's just met and hours later is accused of her murder.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Alex Nicol, Eleanor Summerfield, John Salew
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Girl loses beauty contest, becomes a fortune teller.

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Ray Milland, Paulette Goddard, Gladys George
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Alison Courtland wakes up in the middle of the night on board a train, but she cannot remember how she got there. Danger and suspense ensue.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Robert Cummings, Don Ameche
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A man on a fishing trip with three of his friends receives a blow to the head that makes him lose his memory. Three years later it all comes back to him, but on the day it does one of the men who was on the trip with him turns up dead.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Paulette Goddard, William Sylvester, Patrick Holt
Race for Life (1954)
Adventure | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A car pilot must choose between his love for car-racing, and his wife. His buddy's accident will help him to choose, and his loyal ways will get him a new friend - his main rival.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Richard Conte, Mari Aldon, Peter Illing
High Treason (1951)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Communist saboteurs plot peace-time attack on Britain.

Director: Roy Boulting
Stars: Liam Redmond, André Morell, Anthony Bushell
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Fighting over an inheritance, one Pyncheon brother frames the other for murder.

Director: Joe May
Stars: George Sanders, Margaret Lindsay, Vincent Price
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A social-climbing American with a business in illegal gambling falls in love with a blue blood, but gangsters and a jealous ex-girlfriend stand in the way of happiness.

Directors: Patrick Jenkins, Sam Newfield, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Dane Clark, Kathleen Byron, Naomi Chance
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After three women are released from prison, we follow them for their first day of freedom.

Director: Jack Lee
Stars: Yvonne Mitchell, Terence Morgan, Joan Collins
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Casey Morrow
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

EXPLODES...in a sinister network of evil!


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 March 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blackout  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

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

Soundtracks

St. Louis Blues
(uncredited)
Music by W.C. Handy
Sung by Cleo Laine behind opening credits.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
For a British Film Noir movie, this is pretty good
8 July 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The film begins with Dane Clark being offered a strange marriage proposal from a woman he just met. Not only that, she offers this drunk guy 500 pounds to do the deed! However, upon waking up the next morning, he finds he's implicated with murder and there's no trace of the lady! So, it's up to tough-guy Clark to investigate and clear his name.

Most fans of Film Noir will be surprised to hear that the British (not to mention, the French) made quite a few of these in the 1950s. Oddly, the Brit Noir films were made by Hammer Studios--the same folks who made tons of Dracula, Frankenstein and Mummy films from the late 50s to the mid 1970s! And, oddly, this film is directed by the studio's foremost monster film director, Terence Fisher.

Overall, while this is far from a great film, it does stack up pretty well with the average American example, though I will admit that this film does have a few too many twists and turns (particularly for the character of Phyllis Brunner).


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?