Blackmail

Blackmail

Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Anny Ondra, Sara Allgood, Charles Paton

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Overview

Blackmail

Alfred Hitchcock's first sound film utilized the new sound technology in a rather creative way off-camera. Hitchcock's lead actress, Anny Ondra, had a strong Eastern European accent that was difficult for English audiences to understand, so Hitchcock's solution was to have British actress Joan Barry speak Ondra's lines of dialogue off-camera. The film concerns a woman who kills a man who tries to assault her. Ondra plays Alice White who, while having dinner in a fancy English nightspot with her husband-to-be Scotland Yard Detective Frank Webber (John Longden), begins to flirt with an artist (Cyril Richard) seated at the next table. The artist invites her up to see his studio, and she goes but balks when the artist asks her to pose in the nude. When the request becomes a demand, Alice stabs him to death. She rejoins her fiance and tries to forget the murder, but her conscience keeps bothering her. To make matters worse, sniveling rat Tracy (Donald Calthrop) materializes to blackmail Alice for the crime.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/18/2012
UPC: 0661799488327
Original Release: 1929
Time: 1:24:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anny Ondra Alice White
Sara Allgood Mrs. White
Charles Paton Mr. White
Donald Calthrop Tracy
John Longden Frank Webber
Cyril Ritchard The Artist
Hannah Jones Landlady
Harvey Braban Inspector
Johnny Butt Sergeant
Alfred Hitchcock Actor
Percy Parsons Criminal
Phyllis Konstam Actor
John Stuart Actor
Joan Barry Alice White
Phyllis Monkman Gossip

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director,Screenwriter
Norman J. Arnold Set Decoration/Design
Wilfred C. Arnold Set Decoration/Design
John Hubert Bath Score Composer
Charles Bennett Screenwriter
Dallas Bower Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Cox Cinematographer
Emile de Ruelle Editor
Benn Wolfe Levy Screenwriter
John Maxwell Producer
Michael Powell Screenwriter
John Reynders Score Composer
Henry Stafford Score Composer

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