October 24, 2014

Films

Blind Date – 1959 | 95 mins | Thriller | B&W

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Plot Synopsis

Blind Date

Adapted from Leigh Howard’s novel, this intelligent thriller from Joseph Losey is one of the directors more underrated films. An impoverished Dutch painter living in London, Jan (Hardy Kruger), falls in love with a sophisticated married French woman, Jacqueline (Micheline Presle), slightly his elder, her relationship with him turns from art student into mistress. After initially meeting at the Tate Gallery, Jacqueline persuades Jan to allow her the use of his studio and to teach her how to paint – but this is merely a ruse to seduce him and commence an affair that will be dictated by her.

Some time later, Jan hurriedly arrives to keep a rendezvous at her swanky apartment and is confronted by the police who accuse him of having murdered her. After being grilled by hard-nosed Welsh Inspector Morgan (Stanley Baker), via flashbacks the web of deceit involving Jan slowly unravels. The case then becomes a little more complicated because Jan believed she was married, and police commissioner Sir Brian Lewis (Robert Flemyng) intimates to Morgan that he doesn’t want a scandal involving high-ranking diplomat Sir Howard Fenton, who the victim was also a mistress to. After Morgan and Jan meet Lord and Lady Fenton at the airport, it becomes apparent the case is more complex than it appears.

Production Team

Joseph Losey: Director
Harry Pottle: Art Direction
Christopher Challis: Cinematography
Morris Angel: Costume Design
Reginald Mills: Editing
Maude Onslow: Makeup Department
Trevor Crole-Rees: Makeup Department
Richard Rodney Bennett: Original Music
David Deutsch: Producer
Luggi Waldleitner: Producer
Millard Lampell: Script
Ben Barzman: Script
Ken Cameron: Sound Department
Malcolm Cooke: Sound Department
Lee Page: Sound Department

Cast

Stanley Baker: Inspector Morgan
Micheline Presle: Jacqueline Cousteau
John Van Eyssen: Inspector Westover
Gordon Jackson: Sergeant
Robert Flemyng: Sir Brian Lewis
Hardy Kruger: Jan Van Rooyen



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