The illustration, a trading card, was one of the first items in my collection and dates back to around 1965.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
BELINDA LEE in BLACKOUT (1954)
Burgeoning British film company Hammer made a deal with low budget Hollywood producer Robert L. Lippert to distribute Hammer products in America. Blackout, filmed at the studio's later so famous Bray location, was the first to be produced under the deal. Starring Hollywood's Dane Clark, this whodunit with noirish overtones was too complicated for its own good but was a fine showcase for blonde Belinda Lee, a former Rank organization protégée who never quite managed to compete with England"s number one Marilyn Monroe rival, Diana Dors. Miss Lee instead left a less than satisfying career in the UK in favor of peplum stardom in Italy. She was apparently "going Hollywood" when tragically killed in a car crash en route from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. She was 26.