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(1929)

Plot Summary

  • Alice White is the daughter of a shopkeeper in 1920's London. Her boyfriend, Frank Webber is a Scotland Yard detective who seems more interested in police work than in her. Frank takes Alice out one night, but she has secretly arranged to meet another man. Later that night Alice agrees to go back to his flat to see his studio. The man has other ideas and as he tries to rape Alice, she defends herself and kills him with a bread knife. When the body is discovered, Frank is assigned to the case, he quickly determines that Alice is the killer, but so has someone else and blackmail is threatened.

    - Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>
  • Alice White, the daughter of a tobacconist, has been dating Frank Webber, a young up and coming detective at Scotland Yard. After successfully ditching Frank one evening on a date, Alice instead meets up with a young male artist who she really wanted to be with that evening. After going up to the artist's studio apartment, he tried to rape her. She ended up stabbing him to death in self defense, after which she tried to wipe out any evidence of being in his apartment, followed by sneaking out of the apartment and wandering the streets in a shocked daze over what she did. Frank ends up being one of the detectives assigned to the case, he who sees evidence only known to him of Alice having been in the artist's apartment, and recognizing the dead man as the person Alice sneaked off with after she ditched him the night before. Frank decides to hide the evidence he knows to implicate Alice from his fellow detectives but confront Alice with it to see what she says. But before she answers, an unsavory type named Tracy implies that he knows what happens and blackmails the pair in return for his silence. Eventually, Frank learns that Tracy is a wanted criminal. So Frank comes up with an idea of pinning the murder on Tracy. The questions become whether such a move will actually work, and if so whether Alice's conscience will allow an innocent man, however unsavory, be charged with a crime he didn't commit.

    - Written by Huggo
  • In director Alfred Hitchcock's first talking picture (which actually started out as a silent film but switched to a talkie part way through filming) a young woman, Alice White, finds herself being blackmailed after killing a man in self defense. To complicate matters further the hard-working policeman investigating the death is her boyfriend Frank Webber. Frank soon learns that Alice is responsible but sets out to prove her innocent of murder and stop the blackmailer.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • Alice White, detective Frank Webber's girlfriend, is invited by an artist to visit his studio. The man tries to rape Alice and she kills him with a knife to defend herself. A criminal sees the murder and he keeps the lady's glove from the crime scene in order to blackmail her. Frank is assigned to the murder case.

    - Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>
  • After killing a man in self-defence, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing.

    - Written by TompaDompa

Synopsis

A tire is spinning. A police van speeds along city streets. Inside, a Morse Code radio message containing an address is received...

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