Edward G. Robinson
Director: H.C. Potter Cast: Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
, Ruth Hussey
Ruth Hussey
, Gene Lockhart
Gene Lockhart
H.C. Potter

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Through a miscarriage of justice, John Ingram (Edward G. Robinson) is convicted of a crime he did not commit and sentenced to a long stretch on a chain gang in the deep South. In time, Ingram flees to Oklahoma, where he makes a living fighting oil fires under an assumed name. Several years later, he has a successful business, a loving wife (Ruth Hussey), and a child. But he still lives in fear that his secret will be revealed, and one day he's visited by William Ramey (Gene Lockhart). Ramey admits that he committed the crime for which Ingram was convicted; he proposes that they meet with the authorities together, and Ramey will sign a confession that will clear Ingram's name. But Ramey instead double-crosses Ingram, putting him back on the chain gang while Ramey lays claim to his business. Before long, Ingram learns that his wife and child are nearly broke thanks to Ramey's gutting of his once-thriving business, and he decides that he must once again escape if he is to protect the safety of his family. Blackmail marked one of Edward G. Robinson's first "good guy" roles after making his name in a series of gangster epics; a year later, he would be starring in prestigious biopics, such as Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet and A Dispatch From Reuters.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/09/2016
UPC: 0888574429416
Original Release: 1939
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:21:00
Sales rank: 33,788

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson John Ingram
Ruth Hussey Helen Ingram
Gene Lockhart William Ramey
Bobs Watson Hank Ingram
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Moose McCarthy
John Wray Diggs
Arthur Hohl Rawlins
Esther Dale Sarah
Ivan Miller Weber
Joe Whitehead Anderson
Joseph Crehan Blaine
Victor Kilian Warden Miller
Gil Perkins Kearney
Trevor Bardette Deputy
Willie Best Sonny
Wade Boteler Police Sergeant
Everett Brown Prisoner
Hal K. Dawson Desk Clerk
Harry Fleischmann Oil Worker
Lew Harvey Third Workman
Cy Kendall Sheriff
Mitchell Lewis First Workman
Robert Middlemass Desk Sergeant
Charles B. Middleton Deputy
Art Miles Driver
Philip Morris State Trooper
Ted Oliver Second Workman
Lee Phelps Guard
Eddy Chandler Brown
Joe Dominguez Pedro

Technical Credits
H.C. Potter Director
Endre Bohem Original Story
John W. Considine Producer
Clyde de Vinna Cinematographer
David Hertz Screenwriter
William Ludwig Screenwriter
Howard O'Neill Editor
Dorothy Yost Original Story

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blackmail
1. Chapter 1 [1:17]
2. Chapter 2 [1:17]
3. Chapter 3 [3:13]
4. Chapter 4 [1:16]
5. Chapter 5 [4:19]
6. Chapter 6 [:47]
7. Chapter 7 [2:20]
8. Chapter 8 [4:48]
9. Chapter 9 [1:29]
10. Chapter 10 [2:13]
11. Chapter 11 [6:33]
12. Chapter 12 [3:52]
13. Chapter 13 [6:11]
14. Chapter 14 [5:20]
15. Chapter 15 [8:05]
16. Chapter 16 [2:38]
17. Chapter 17 [3:00]
18. Chapter 18 [4:24]
19. Chapter 19 [5:09]
20. Chapter 20 [6:21]
21. Chapter 21 [1:29]
22. Chapter 22 [4:33]
23. Chapter 23 [:15]
24. Chapter 24 [:01]

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