Blackout – 1950 |mins | Crime, Drama | B&W
Well-tried thriller formula produces the odd moment of creepy atmosphere in the hands of director Robert S Baker. Maxwell Reed and Dinah Sheridan do well in the lead roles.
Engineer Christopher Pelly (Maxwell Reed), a temporarily blind man awaiting an operation to restore his sight, goes into London to visit a friend but is dropped off at the wrong address in Kensington by a mistaken taxi driver. Unable to see, Pelly enters what he believes to be his friend’s house and quite literally stumbles into a murder mystery. There’s a dead body on the floor with a knife in the victim’s back – and worse still; the three men responsible for the murder are still in the house.
When the three murderers realise Pelly is blind, they decide another dead body is unnecessary, and instead cosh him over the head and dump him in the street outside. The police appear sceptical of Pelly’s story because no corpse is recovered, so after a successful operation to restore his sight – he sets out to solve the mystery of the dead body. He returns to the scene of the murder and encounters Patricia Dale (Dinah Sheridan), she has lost somebody, her brother Norman, but that was twelve-months ago and his body was never recovered from a plane crash. Pelly and Dale join forces and turn into amateur sleuths.
Robert S. Baker: Director
Monty Berman: Cinematography
Gerald Landau: Film Editing
Gerry Fairbanks: Makeup Department
Ivy Emmerton: Makeup Department
John Lanchbery: Original Music
Robert S. Baker: Producer
Monty Berman: Producer
Walter M Scott: Production Design
John Gilling: Script
George Burgess: Sound Department
Len Page: Sound Department
Maxwell Reed: Christopher Pelly
Dinah Sheridan: Patricia Dale
Eric Pohlmann: Otto Ford
Michael Evans: Guy Sinclair
Michael Brennan: Mickey Garston
Kynaston Reeves: Mr Dale
Patric Doonan: Chalky