Blackmail 1929

Blackmail

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During a date, Alice White (Anny Ondra) has a fight with her boyfriend, Scotland Yard Officer Frank Webber (John Longden), and decides to leave with an artist named Mr. Crewe (Cyril Ritchard). Whey they get to the artist's flat, Mr. Crewe attempts to force himself on Alice, and she kills him to defend herself. Frank investigates the case and, after realizing Alice is the culprit, seeks to help her. However, a thief (Donald Calthrop) with blackmail on his mind complicates matters.

Cast & Crew

Anny Ondra
Alice White
John Longden
Det. Frank Webber
Sara Allgood
Mrs. White
Harvey Braban
The Chief Inspector
Phyllis Monkman
Gossip (uncredited)
Hannah Jones
Mrs. Humphries
Percy Parsons
Crook (uncredited)
Charles Bennett
Writer (Play)
Alfred Hitchcock
Writer (Adaptation)
Benn W. Levy
Writer (Dialogue)
John Maxwell
Producer
Lew Brown
Original Music
Buddy G. DeSylva
Original Music
Ray Henderson
Original Music
Hubert Bath
Original Music
Billy Mayerl
Original Music
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Critic Reviews for Blackmail

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Audience Reviews for Blackmail

  • Apr 19, 2012
    This film being from 1929 is the oldest movie I've seen in my life. It was one of Hitches early works and it was pretty good. Yes it was hard not to be bored at times but with an old movie like this you have to accept that if it happens. The story was mediocre but it was still so well paced it could give you the chill, especially that final scene.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2011
    The master in his early days. Even for his first talkie, his visual style is just as brilliant in 1929 as it would be in later years. Whether it be the use of a curtain to disguise some foul play, his immaculate use of shadows, of the way his uses the lights to illuminate a characters overwhelming guilt, Hitch suggests more with a few frames than most directors do in an entire film. While the pacing isn't as streamlined as it would be in later films such as the 39 Steps, it is still fascinating to see just how ahead of his time he was even in the dawn of his career.
    Reid V Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2010
    Nothing like a good Date-Rape movie. (Just Kidding). PS -Watch it for free on online ;)
    Sean G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2010
    On the one hand, the story is very simple, but slow and dragged out, which is kind of annoying, and the nothing is really resolved the way it should. On the other hand this movie is visually interesting, much like later Hitchcock films, and it's one of the first sound films too. Overall, it's interesting to see, but the story could be a lot better.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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