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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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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
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackout See more »

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Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood! (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

St. Louis Blues
(uncredited)
Music by W.C. Handy
Sung by Cleo Laine behind opening credits.
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Brit "noir" is of mild interest.
1 September 2001 | by youroldpaljimSee all my reviews

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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