Blind Date (1959 film)

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Blind Date
Blind Date FilmPoster.jpeg
A film poster bearing the U.S. title: Chance Meeting
Directed by Joseph Losey
Produced by David Deutsch
Luggi Waldleitner
Written by Leigh Howard (novel)
Ben Barzman
Millard Lampell
Starring Hardy Krüger
Stanley Baker
Micheline Presle
Music by Richard Rodney Bennett
Cinematography Christopher Challis
Edited by Reginald Mills
Distributed by Rank
Release date
  • August 1959 (1959-08)
Running time
90-96 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £138,000[1]

Blind Date (U.S. title: Chance Meeting) is a 1959 British murder mystery film by director Joseph Losey, in which a police inspector investigates a woman's death, with her lover being the prime suspect. Ben Barzman and Millard Lampell were nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay.

The film was one of star Stanley Baker's favourites.[2]


Jan Van Rooyer, a young painter working in an art gallery, has been an art teacher to Jacqueline Cousteau, a wealthy woman who eventually becomes his lover. But when she turns up dead, Van Rooyer must explain their relationship to police inspector Morgan. The investigation finds little evidence of his innocence until dead lover reappears to set the case into motion once again.



The budget consisted of £40,000 put up by the German producer and £98,000 provided by SBA.[1]


Sydney Box sold the movie to Paramount in the US for twice what it cost, putting it in profit.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Andrew Spicer, Sydney Box Manchester Uni Press 2006 p 171-172
  2. ^ Howard Thompson, 'STANLEY BAKER: PERIPATETIC ACTOR-PRODUCER: GENESIS PROVINCIAL DEBUT', New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 1 September 1963: X5.

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