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Release Date:
19 March 1954 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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For a British Film Noir movie, this is pretty good See more (8 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Dane Clark ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ann Gow ... (uncredited)
Cleo Laine ... Singer (uncredited)
Delphi Lawrence ... Linda (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard H. Landau  (as Richard Landau)
Helen Nielsen  novel

Produced by
Michael Carreras .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ivor Slaney (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Walter J. Harvey  (as Jimmy Harvey)
 
Film Editing by
Maurice Rootes 
 
Art Direction by
J. Elder Wills 
 
Makeup Department
Nina Broe .... hair stylist
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Mickey Delamar .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jimmy Sangster .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
George Burgess .... sound recordist
Bill Salter .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe
Ben Pearson .... gowns: Belinda Lee
 
Music Department
Ivor Slaney .... musical director
 
Other crew
Renée Glynne .... continuity
Andrew Osborn .... dialogue director
 

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Also Known As:
"Murder by Proxy" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
For a British Film Noir movie, this is pretty good, 8 July 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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