Blackout (1954)

blackout 1954

Good mystery with Dane Clark as an American in London who gets mixed up with an heiress and murder. It’s based on the Helen Nielsen novel, “Murder By Proxy.”

Casey Morrow (Dane Clark) is in a London bar getting drunk. He’s down to his last pound when he’s approached by a blonde. She offers him five hundred pounds to marry her. Next thing he knows he’s waking up in the art studio of Maggie Doone. There’s a portrait of the girl. Maggie says she let him in out of the rain at two am.

He leaves and while passing a news vendor he spots a headline about a missing heiress and her murdered father. The picture in the paper is the girl from last night. Maggie says she used an alias when she hung around her studio and the dance studio next door. The girl is Phyllis Brunner (Belinda Lee).

Maggie shows him a newspaper clipping showing Phyllis with her fiancee Lance Gordon. He’s the family lawyer. Maggie says the last anyone saw her was while she was upset getting into a limo. He goes to Lance’s office posing as a reporter. Lance gets onto him and Casey gives him a right cross so he can get out of there.

Back at Maggie’s, there’s Phyllis. She says she drove him to Maggie’s the night before. Casey had blood on his coat. She says that’s from when he picked up the poker that someone killed her father with.

Now Casey poses as an insurance investigator. He finds out Phyllis’ father gave a lot to charity in her mother’s name. He and Phyllis go to a private detective’s office and make some discoveries. The P.I. is missing. Things finally start to fall into place and Casey rather than clearing himself keeps getting into deeper trouble. This is worth looking up.

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