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Blackout (1954)

Murder by Proxy (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 19 March 1954 (USA)
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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Terence Fisher

Writers:

Richard H. Landau (as Richard Landau), Helen Nielsen (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dane Clark ... Casey Morrow
Belinda Lee ... Phyllis Brunner
Betty Ann Davies ... Mrs. Alicia Brunner
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Margaret 'Maggie' Doone
Andrew Osborn Andrew Osborn ... Lance Gordon
Harold Lang Harold Lang ... Travis / Victor Vanno
Jill Melford Jill Melford ... Miss Nardis
Alvys Maben Alvys Maben ... Lita Huntley (as Alvis Maben)
Michael Golden Michael Golden ... Inspector Johnson
Nora Gordon Nora Gordon ... Casey's Mother (as Nora Gorden)
Alfie Bass ... Ernie
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackout See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 19211 delivered on 13-6-1955. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood! (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Soir
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Music by Louis Gasté
Lyrics by Georges Koger
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Best of the Hammer noirs
25 November 2014 | by boirinSee all my reviews

Although these dozen or so pre-horror Hammer noir films of the early 50s are largely forgotten, they are making something of a comeback through TCM and other vintage film outlets. Of these, 'Blackout' is definitely the best of them.

It's well acted and (despite complaints here about the convoluted plot) well written with plenty of humour. Obviously the producers had to struggle with a low budget that inevitably compromised its production values, but the film makes the most of what it had. Still, it's a treat for Dane Clark fans and those who can see an unrealised talent in Belinda Lee before dying far too young. Their on-screen chemistry is terrific and so are Clark's scenes with Eleanor Summerfield (one of my favourite British supporting actors).

One of 'Blackout's most interesting elements is that, unlike most film noirs, that usually involve male protagonists with a token femme fatale, the plot of 'Blackout' is mostly female-driven.


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