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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 »

Director:

Robert S. Baker

Writers:

John Gilling (screenplay), Carl Nystrom (story)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1950 (UK) See more »

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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 »

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Remade as Blind Spot (1958) See more »

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20 June 2014 | by claudg1950See all my reviews

A blind man stumps by mistake into a murder and, as he doesn't know who, why or where, nobody believes him. The premise is interesting, but from there on the film spirals down and rapidly acquires a US made Republic Serial flavor, where the hero is again and again stupidly putting himself in trouble with the baddies but luckily --as the baddies aren't that clever either-- saving his neck every time. The hero breaks and enters and breaks and enters, and he is so lucky --did I mention he is lucky?-- that he not only survives but twice he easily finds decisive clues that the baddies --did I mention they weren't clever?-- left carelessly around for him to find. Everything but going to the police; obviously, that would be too absurd. We all know that amateur detectives are always much more competent than Scotland Yard's trained detectives. To help, all the time Reed is walking around with a marmoreal face that seems to scream: "look how handsome I am". Perhaps to compensate all his beauty, the female lead is quite plain and, in the final take, she looks downright ugly. I had much higher expectations, especially being this a British film. (Perhaps I was so predisposed because the most recent British film of that era I watched was "Obsession"... and that is entirely another matter.)


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