Murder by Proxy (Blackout) (1954)





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Dane Clark plays a down-at-heels war vet who enters into an odd agreement. If he'll marry a gorgeous blonde (Belinda Lee), Clark will be paid a hefty sum of money. Unfortunately he's being set up as the fall guy in a murder scheme. Awakening from a drunken stupor, Clark finds that all the evidence in the murder points to him--and even he is convinced that he's guilty. Filmed in England, Blackout is based on the Helen Nielsen novel Murder by Proxy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Dane Clark
as Casey Morrow
Belinda Lee
as Phyllis Brunner
Betty Ann Davies
as Alicia Brunner
Eleanor Summerfield
as Maggie Doone
Andrew Osborn
as Lance Gorden
Harold Lang
as Travis
Jill Melford
as Miss Nardis
Michael Golden
as Inspector Johnson
Alfie Bass
as Ernie
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Critic Reviews for Murder by Proxy (Blackout)

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It helps that Dane Clark stars.

Full Review… | August 5, 2010
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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

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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Dane Clark is the pretty much the whole show here. Eleanor Summerfield is good in support.

jay nixon
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