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Murder by Proxy (Blackout) Reviews

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bbcfloridabound
Super Reviewer
October 31, 2013
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
November 12, 2012
For a British Film Noir movie, this is pretty good--Early Terence Fisher thriller!!
October 19, 2012
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!
jjnxn
Super Reviewer
½ February 6, 2010
Dane Clark is the pretty much the whole show here. Eleanor Summerfield is good in support.
June 10, 2009
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)
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