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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
Belinda Lee ...
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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Brit "noir" is of mild interest.

Dane Clark plays an American drifter in London who meets a stunning blonde while on a bender at a bar. The girl tricks him into marrying him while he is in a drunken stupor and he wakes up with 500 pounds in his pocket. He then discovers he is involved in a murder and an inheritance scam.

MURDER BY PROXY (a.k.a. BLACKOUT) is one of several British attempts to duplicate the American "film noir." Sometimes they even cast a genuine American "noir" star, in this case Dane Clark. Clark was in this as well as the British "noir" PAID TO KILL. However, the results were almost always that these "Brit Noir's" were never as satisfying as the American films. MURDER BY PROXY has fairly interesting plot, but things begin to get confusing, and like most "Brit Noir's", MURDER BY PROXY builds up to its climax to slowly. There is an overly long and pointless scene where Clark visits his mother and English step father and introduces himself to his new "bride." They then throw a party. This takes ups to much time and adds nothing to story.


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