Pacific Blackout (1942)

Genres - Spy Film  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Release Date - Dec 31, 1941 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 76 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Midnight Angel was the title of this Paramount actioner when it was first released in December of 1941. But by the time the film reached the hinterlands, America had entered WW2, and thus it was that Midnight Angel was rechristened Pacific Blackout, which remained its title to this very day. Falsely convicted of murder (in one of those movie trials that takes only a few minutes!), young Robert Draper (Robert Preston) escapes custody during a practice blackout drill. Under cover of darkness, Draper hopes to find the real killer, who turns out to be a member of a Nazi sabotage ring. Our hero is helped along by Mary (Martha O'Driscoll), one of the most refreshingly self-reliant heroines in B-picture history. Among the secondary players are a young Hungarian immigrant named Eva Gabor and a portly German refugee named John Banner.



aerial, agent [representative], America, blackout [power loss], captive, captor, city, convict, conviction, death-penalty, enemy, engineering, escape, false-accusation, frame-up, help, inventor, investigation, killing, military, murder, prison, sabotage, sentence [penal system]