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Blackout

Released Mar 19, 1954 1h 27m Mystery & Thriller Drama Crime List
Reviews 33% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Casey (Dane Clark), a U.S. Army veteran living in London, is nearly broke and drowning his sorrows in booze. But then he meets Phyllis (Belinda Lee), a stunning blonde with money to spare who offers Casey cash to marry her. Suspicious but with nothing to lose, Casey agrees, only to wake up the next day hungover, confused and in a stranger's room with blood on his coat. Phyllis is nowhere to be seen -- except in the newspapers. It turns out her father was murdered, and all clues point to Casey. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It helps that Dane Clark stars. Rated: B- Aug 5, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member From The Hammer Film Noir Collection. 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 . 4 stars 10-21-13 Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member For a British Film Noir movie, this is pretty good--Early Terence Fisher thriller!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Saw this on Hammer's YouTube channel. The plot is pretty run-of-the-mill for a noir film, but it's well elevated by its fine performances, Fisher's good direction, and an unexpected final plot twist. For noir fans only! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Dane Clark is the pretty much the whole show here. Eleanor Summerfield is good in support. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Early thriller effort from Hammer Films (under the 'Exclusive' banner) about a down-and-out American (Dane Clark) in London who, during a drunken night, is picked up by a woman (Belinda Lee) who offers him a tidy sum of money to marry her. When he wakes up however he finds that the woman has disappeared and her father murdered making him the prime suspect. Despite a plot that really doesn't make a whole lot of sense the film is enjoyable nonetheless, making fine use of one of Hitchcock's favorite story devices - that of the innocent man on the run and out to prove his innocence. (And the plot device of the innocent man being a visiting American is one that Hammer would visit often as well) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Casey (Dane Clark), a U.S. Army veteran living in London, is nearly broke and drowning his sorrows in booze. But then he meets Phyllis (Belinda Lee), a stunning blonde with money to spare who offers Casey cash to marry her. Suspicious but with nothing to lose, Casey agrees, only to wake up the next day hungover, confused and in a stranger's room with blood on his coat. Phyllis is nowhere to be seen -- except in the newspapers. It turns out her father was murdered, and all clues point to Casey.
Director
Terence Fisher
Producer
Michael Carreras
Screenwriter
Richard H. Landau
Production Co
Hammer Films
Genre
Mystery & Thriller, Drama, Crime
Original Language
British English
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 19, 1954, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 1, 2019
Runtime
1h 27m
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