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

 -  Crime | Thriller | Drama  -  19 March 1954 (USA)
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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
Belinda Lee ...
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Margaret 'Maggie' Doone
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Miss Nardis
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Lita Huntley (as Alvis Maben)
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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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St. Louis Blues
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Music by W.C. Handy
Sung by Cleo Laine behind opening credits.
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Fun, pleasant and silly, but not a noir
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This is a little British murder mystery, not a noir. The main character is a nice shlub, not a tough guy. There is very little tension or menace and certainly not any cynicism or existential despair. The dialog and bits of business are pretty funny and practically everyone in the film, including the villain, seems basically likable. Dane Clark does a very good job, although he will go on to do better. The plot offers a steady diet of red herring, but plot is not this film's strong suit. The whole thing is so likable that you may find yourself cringing that the plot and twists and turns seem so aimless and gratuitous, but it doesn't pretend to be more than a grade B movie with some good acting and good dialog.


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