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Blackout (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | September 1950 (UK)
A man suffering from temporary blindness accidentally walks into a house where a murder has just occurred. The killers, realizing he's blind, decide not to kill him but just knock him out ... See full summary »


Robert S. Baker


John Gilling (screenplay), Carl Nystrom (story)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maxwell Reed ... Chris Pelley
Dinah Sheridan ... Pat Dale
Patric Doonan Patric Doonan ... Chalky
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Mr. Dale
Annette D. Simmonds Annette D. Simmonds ... Lila Drew (as Annette Simmonds)
Eric Pohlmann ... Otto
Michael Evans ... Guy Sinclair
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Mickey
Ernest Butcher Ernest Butcher ... Benny
Campbell Singer Campbell Singer ... Inspector
Madoline Thomas Madoline Thomas ... Housekeeper
Basil Appleby Basil Appleby ... Norman Dale
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... Dr. Langley (as Ronald Leigh Hunt)
Pat Metcalfe Pat Metcalfe ... Maid
Ida Patlanski Ida Patlanski ... Postmistress


A man suffering from temporary blindness accidentally walks into a house where a murder has just occurred. The killers, realizing he's blind, decide not to kill him but just knock him out and leave him out on the street. When the police find him they don't believe his story because they can't find a body. After he regains his sight he sets out to find the body and the killers, and runs into a woman who is looking for her missing brother, who may or may not be the murder victim. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

September 1950 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Tempean Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Feature debut of Ronald Leigh-Hunt. See more »


Remade as Blind Spot (1958) See more »

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Another Tempean Film Noir by Messrs. Baker & Berman
3 January 2012 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film by the duo of Robert S Baker & Monty Berman.They cast the handsome devil Maxwell Reed (Chris Pelly), once married to Joan Collins, as a latter day James Bond type figure and an engineer, recovering from temporary blindness and quintessential English rose actress, Dinah Sheridan as a Miss Moneypenny type figure.This actress always seemed to be cast in intelligent roles.Surprisingly she had a Russian father & German mother.There were some Bond like quips such as Dinah (Pat Dale) saying to Reed, "You're a bit of a nosey Parker" and Reed responding, "Call me Parker" when the leads were establishing their credentials to each other at the beginning of the film.Dinah again demonstrated she can drive the same gull winged Triumph sports car as seen in the Tempean twin film "NO Trace" 1950, by the same production company.

Michel Brennan again played his usual "heavy" role.I again marvelled having seen "No Trace" at the blissfully traffic free roads and free parking around London.I noticed at one point Dinah was frustrated making a telephone call because another person had occupied the red GPO box first and unfortunately, mobile phones had not yet been invented in 1950!I thought "Chalky" the aero engineer was going to be a good guy until he gave the baddies a tell tale sign by a torch flash, noticed by Chris Pelly.A topical event was the electric blackout forcing householders to use candles or other illuminating devices until the electric company restored power.I remember my father doing this in the early 50s (I am 65) as Britain got on her feet and was starting to use more electric domestic power.This blackout, which gives the film its name, gave Chris Pelly an advantage using his other senses over chief baddie Eric Pohlmann.

Less worthy were the fake American accents used by some of the characters for no apparent reason. I presume the producers had been heavily influenced by seeing American gangster movies.There is a surprise character which appears towards the end which explains the whole plot, confirming my earlier suspicions.Enjoyable I voted 7/10.

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