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Blackout (1954)
"Murder by Proxy" (original title)

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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 ... 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 ...
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Casey's Mother (as Nora Gorden)
Alfie Bass ...
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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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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).


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