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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 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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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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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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Workable low budget thrills with a decent cast
21 August 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

I found BLACKOUT to be a routinely-plotted thriller with an interesting storyline. The only problem with it is that it's hampered by a relatively low budget which means there are few memorable set-pieces or exciting moments to distinguish it from other fare. It was put out by the Baker/Berman team at Tempean Films, with Baker himself directing from a script by John Gilling (who apparently never slept during this stage of his career).

The film boasts a great opening sequence which is the definite highlight. Maxwell Reed (THE CLOUDED YELLOW), suffering from temporary blindness, ends up at the wrong address and literally stumbles upon a recently-deceased corpse. You have no idea how this same scenario was used time and again in British B-films but that's because it's a good one. The murderers are still on the scene but, learning of his disability, decide to let him live. He's discovered the next day but of course the police don't believe his story and there's no trace of the murder.

Sadly the film shifts down a gear after this point. Reed regains his sight and becomes the ordinary amateur detective, trying to solve the murder and bring down the criminal gang. I would have preferred him to remain blind throughout and have Dinah Sheridan's love interest acting as his eyes as this would have made for a more unusual and thrilling production. I suppose that would have been too outside the box. Still, the running time is short and the pace is fast, both of which are good things, and the requisite twists and turns of the plot keep you watching.

There's a nice little set-piece in a posh apartment complex involving the concierge, Reed breaking into a room to commit a robbery, and a couple of thugs on his tail. It plays out very nicely. BLACKOUT also benefits from a decent cast. Reed isn't my favourite leading man from this period but he's decent enough here. Sheridan is as classy as ever. Kynaston Reeves plays a crotchety old fellow while Annette Simmonds is an effective gangster's moll-type character. Eric Pohlmann is the slimy villain and the great but underrated Michael Brennan his brutal thug. Ronald Leigh-Hunt and Michael Balfour have cameos, but although Sam Kydd is listed on the IMDb cast page, I failed to spot him this time.


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