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Director:
Writers:
Charles Bennett (from the play by)
Alfred Hitchcock (adapted by)
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Release Date:
6 October 1929 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Powerful Talking Picture See more »
Plot:
After killing a man in self-defence, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anny Ondra ... Alice White

Sara Allgood ... Mrs. White

Charles Paton ... Mr. White

John Longden ... Detective Frank Webber

Donald Calthrop ... Tracy

Cyril Ritchard ... The Artist

Hannah Jones ... The Landlady
Harvey Braban ... The Chief Inspector (sound version)
Ex-Det. Sergt. Bishop ... The Detective Sergeant (as Ex-Det. Sergt. Bishop - Late C.I.D. Scotland Yard)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Ashby ... Boy (uncredited)

Joan Barry ... Alice White (voice) (uncredited)
Johnny Butt ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man on Subway (uncredited)

Phyllis Konstam ... Gossiping Neighbour (uncredited)

Sam Livesey ... The Chief Inspector (silent version) (uncredited)
Phyllis Monkman ... Gossip Woman (uncredited)
Percy Parsons ... Crook (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Charles Bennett (from the play by)

Alfred Hitchcock (adapted by)

Benn W. Levy (dialogue) (as Benn Levy)

Michael Powell  uncredited

Produced by
John Maxwell .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jimmy Campbell (musical score by) (as Campbell)
Reginald Connelly (musical score by) (as Connelly)
Hubert Bath (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Jack E. Cox (photography) (as Jack Cox)
 
Film Editing by
Emile de Ruelle (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
C. Wilfred Arnold  (as W.C. Arnold)
Norman G. Arnold (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Mills .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Dallas Bower .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Harold V. King .... sound (uncredited)
Harry Miller .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald Neame .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael Powell .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Derick Williams .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hubert Bath .... musical score arranged by
Hubert Bath .... musical score compiled by
John Reynders .... conductor: British International Symphony Orchestra
Harry Stafford .... musical score arranged by
Harry Stafford .... musical score compiled by
 
Other crew
Joan Barry .... dubbing voice: Anny Ondra (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
85 min | UK:75 min (silent version) (24 fps) (2012 restoration)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (R.C.A. Photophone System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (1995) | Finland:K-16 (1931) | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | Taiwan:PG-12 (2016) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) | USA:Not Rated

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Trivia:
There is a big mess with the title of this movie in Spain. The film was apparently not released there until the 70s, due to its status as one of the first sound movies. Then someone wrote a book which referred to this film by the wrong title, "La muchacha de Londres", which had actually been given to a different film starring Anny Ondra, Eileen of the Trees (1928/II). Thereafter this error was copied in various publications, and when the film was dubbed and aired on TV in 1984, this error was maintained. Meanwhile in the 70s, the film was first released in theaters in Spain, entitled "Chantaje", the title that it ought to have had in the first place, instead of "La muchacha de Londres".See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Crewe (Cyril Ritchard) is talking to Alice (Anny Ondra), he calls her "Anny" at one point before correcting himself.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Det. Frank Webber:Well, we finished earlier tonight than I expected.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Shepperton Babylon (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Best Things in Life Are FreeSee more »

FAQ

Are the first eight minutes supposed to be silent?
Why are the picture and sound so bad?
Is this film really in the U.S. public domain?
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Blackmail 1929, 27 October 2005
Author: fjmarkowitz from New York, United States

Saw this for the first time the other night on Turner Classic network. The movie is really is a "proto-Hitchcock" style; You could catch a glimpse of the future "Bruno" (Robert Walker, Strangers on a Train) in the blackmailer. I suppose we can discuss character development and so on, but after all it was 1929,the first British talkie, and therefore at the beginning of a whole new concept. The scenes in the artist's bedroom were certainly risqué by American standards at the time. I understand the movie initially began as a silent film and a silent version was indeed filmed. Probably every future Hitchcock twist and turn in the plot is in there and I found it quite enjoyable.

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