Blind Spot (1947)

73 mins | Mystery | 6 February 1947

Director:

Robert Gordon

Producer:

Ted Richmond

Cinematographer:

George Meehan

Editor:

Henry Batista

Production Designers:

Cary Odell, Ben Hayne

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Inside Story and Trapped ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Inside Story and Trapped . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
8 Feb 1947.
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Daily Variety
21 Feb 1947.
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Film Daily
31 Jan 47
p. 10.
Harrison's Reports
9 Feb 47
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Sep 46
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 47
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Feb 1947.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Trapped
Inside Story
Release Date:
6 February 1947
Production Date:
11 September--2 October 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
6 February 1947
Copyright Number:
LP855
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Drunk and broke, Jeffrey Andrews, an accomplished but unsuccessful mystery writer, goes to the office of his publisher, Henry Small, and brashly forces his way past Evelyn Green, Small's secretary. In the presence of Lloyd Harrison, a successful writer of mystery books, Andrews demands that Small give him a new contract and more money, and in a drunken stupor, relates the plot of a new mystery he intends to write, dealing with a man who is murdered in a locked room. Unimpressed, Small gives Andrews twenty dollars and sends him away. Proceeding to the nearest bar, Andrews discusses his proposed novel with the bartender, Mike Foster. Soon after, Evelyn comes into the bar, upset and disheveled because Small has made an improper advance to her. She and Andrews begin to talk, and he reveals the solution to the murder to her. Quite drunk, Andrews returns to Small's office to tell him the end of his novel. Finding the office empty, Andrews, in his inebriated state, rifles the files and destroys his contract. The next day, the police arrest Andrews after discovering that Small has been murdered in precisely the same manner that Andrews had outlined for his novel. Andrews, unable to recall the events of the prior evening, cannot remember the climax of his murder yarn, which he believes could solve the mystery surrounding Small's death. Meanwhile, both Evelyn and Foster have disappeared. When Harrison convinces Lt. Applegate to release Andrews into his custody, the two men go to Harrison's home. Unable to sleep, Andrews gets up to search for Foster. At the office building housing the bar, ... +


Drunk and broke, Jeffrey Andrews, an accomplished but unsuccessful mystery writer, goes to the office of his publisher, Henry Small, and brashly forces his way past Evelyn Green, Small's secretary. In the presence of Lloyd Harrison, a successful writer of mystery books, Andrews demands that Small give him a new contract and more money, and in a drunken stupor, relates the plot of a new mystery he intends to write, dealing with a man who is murdered in a locked room. Unimpressed, Small gives Andrews twenty dollars and sends him away. Proceeding to the nearest bar, Andrews discusses his proposed novel with the bartender, Mike Foster. Soon after, Evelyn comes into the bar, upset and disheveled because Small has made an improper advance to her. She and Andrews begin to talk, and he reveals the solution to the murder to her. Quite drunk, Andrews returns to Small's office to tell him the end of his novel. Finding the office empty, Andrews, in his inebriated state, rifles the files and destroys his contract. The next day, the police arrest Andrews after discovering that Small has been murdered in precisely the same manner that Andrews had outlined for his novel. Andrews, unable to recall the events of the prior evening, cannot remember the climax of his murder yarn, which he believes could solve the mystery surrounding Small's death. Meanwhile, both Evelyn and Foster have disappeared. When Harrison convinces Lt. Applegate to release Andrews into his custody, the two men go to Harrison's home. Unable to sleep, Andrews gets up to search for Foster. At the office building housing the bar, the elevator operator offers to take Andrews to Foster's home, where they discover the bartender's dead body and one of Evelyn's earrings discarded on the floor. Thinking that Andrews is connected to the murder, the elevator operator tries to overpower him, and in the ensuing struggle, he shoots Andrews in the shoulder. After escaping to his own room, Andrews finds Evelyn hiding there. Putting his hand in his pocket, Andrews discovers a check for $500, proving that he must have told the entire story to Small and Harrison. Finally realizing that the theft of his story presented a powerful motive for Harrison to murder Small, Andrews goes to police headquarters. With the help of the police, Andrews learns that Harrison retrieved Evelyn's earring after Small assaulted her in his office. Aware that Foster knew that he murdered Small, Harrison tried to bribe the bartender, and when that failed, killed him, placing the earring next to the body to throw suspicion on Evelyn. Confronted by the evidence, Harrison confesses to both murders and Andrews then reveals the solution to his murder story--the supposedly locked door was actually unlocked. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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