Blackout (1950 film)

Blackout is a 1950 English crime [2] drama film directed by Robert S. Baker.[3] The film featured Maxwell Reed, Dinah Sheridan, Patric Doonan, Kynaston Reeves, Annette D. Simmonds, Eric Pohlmann, Michael Evans and Michael Brennan in the lead roles. The film includes the first featured appearance of Ronald Leigh-Hunt.

Maxwell Reed as Chris Pelly
Directed byRobert S. Baker[1]
Produced by
Screenplay byJohn Gilling
Story byCarl Nystrom
Music byJohn Lanchbery
CinematographyMonty Berman[1]
Edited byGerald Landau[1]
Distributed byEros Films (1950) (UK) (theatrical)
Release date
  • September 1950 (1950-09) (United Kingdom)
Running time
78 min
CountryGreat Britain


An engineer, Christopher Pelley (Maxwell Reed), loses his eyesight in an accident. He goes to London to have an eye operation. He wants to go to his friend's house but the driver drops him at the wrong house in Kensington. Pelley doesn't know that he is in the wrong house and goes inside, where three men have just killed a person and the corpse is still lying on the floor. Seeing that Pelley is blind, the killers don't kill him and leave. When he discovers the body, Pelley reports the incident to the police but the police are unable to locate the dead body. When Pelley regains his eyesight after the operation, he decides to try to solve the mystery. Arriving at the house where the killing had taken place, he meets Patricia Dale (Dinah Sheridan), who had lost her brother in a plane crash a year earlier. Pelley tells the story to her and they agree to investigate the mystery together.



  1. "Blackout 1950 | Britmovie | Home of British Films". Britmovie. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  2. Murhy, Robert; Steve Chibnall (2005). British Crime Cinema British Popular Cinema. Routledge. p. 200. ISBN 9781134702701.
  3. Lentz III, Harris M. Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2009: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture Volume 16 of Lentz s Performing Arts Obituaries Volume 16 of OBITUARIES IN THE PERFORMING ARTS. McFarland. p. 26. ISBN 9780786441747.
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