A fisherman and a rising young lawyer, who grew up as brothers, fall in love with the same girl.

Director:

Writers:

(novel) (as Sir Hall Caine), (scenario)
Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 (SD) with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After his daughter weds, a middle-aged widower with a profitable farm decides to remarry but finds choosing a suitable mate a problematic process.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Jameson Thomas, Lillian Hall-Davis, Gordon Harker
The Skin Game (1931)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An old traditional family and a modern family battle over land in a small English village and almost destroy each other.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Jill Esmond, C.V. France
The Ring I (1927)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two boxers compete for the love of a woman.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter
Comedy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Believing that an unexpected inheritance will bring them happiness, a married couple instead finds their relationship strained to the breaking point.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, Percy Marmont
Champagne (1928)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A spoiled heiress defies her father by running off to marry her lover. But Daddy has a few tricks up his sleeve.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Betty Balfour, Jean Bradin, Ferdinand von Alten
Number 17 (1932)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A gang of thieves gather at a safe house following a robbery, but a detective is on their trail.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey, John Stuart
Easy Virtue (1928)
Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A divorcée hides her scandalous past from her new husband and his family.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Isabel Jeans, Franklin Dyall, Eric Bransby Williams
Blackmail (1929)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After killing a man in self-defence, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Anny Ondra, John Longden, Sara Allgood
Murder! (1930)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

During the Irish revolution, a family earns a big inheritance. They start leading a rich life forgetting what the most important values are.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Sara Allgood, Edward Chapman, Barry Fitzgerald
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Public schoolboy Roddy Berwick is expelled from school when he takes the blame for a friend's charge and his life falls apart in a series of misadventures.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Ivor Novello, Ben Webster, Norman McKinnel
Biography | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Jessie Matthews, Fay Compton
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Malcolm Keen ...
...
Randle Ayrton ...
Clare Greet ...
Mrs. Cregeen (as Claire Greet)
Edit

Storyline

Despite their differing backgrounds, fisherman Pete and lawyer Philip have been life long friends on the Isle of Man. Pete wants to marry Kate, the landlord's daughter at the local inn, however Kate's father doesn't think he is good enough. Pete leaves the island to seek his fortune abroad and entrusts Kate to Philip, but they start to be attracted to each other. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The screen's supreme masterpiece!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 December 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La isla del pecado  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (restored) | (2012) (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A signatory on the fishermen's petition against steam trawlers is Jack Cox. Jack E. Cox was Alfred Hitchcock's cameraman on this film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) Philip puts his right hand in his pocket, but it is not in the pocket in the subsequent shot. See more »

Quotes

[first title card]
Title Card: "What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?"
See more »

Connections

Version of The Manxman (1916) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"I resign this – this dignity that I strove for"
29 November 2007 | by (Ruritania) – See all my reviews

Hitchcock's final silent film is another drama focusing on a love triangle – his primary plot basis in these early days before he became the master of suspense.

In many ways The Manxman can be seen as something of a loose remake of The Ring (1928), following a similar story of a love triangle between a man, his wife and his best friend, with similar characters and circumstances and the same lead man in Carl Brisson. However while that earlier boxing drama eventually pulled its punch (excuse the pun), The Manxman is a far harsher affair, with a ruthless disregard for its characters' fates that prefigures film noir.

As was Hitchcock's style from his earliest works, his aim here as a director is to place the audience inside the scenario, no matter how uncomfortable it makes them. The film is almost entirely composed of point-of-view shots, and an unusually large number of them in which an actor looks straight into the camera. Time and time again Carl Brisson's big innocent face stares out at us, as if implicating us in the guilt of the other two leads.

This also happens to be one of a small number of Hitchcock pictures which is very beautiful to look at. There are plenty of exquisite location shots and great use of natural lighting, in ironic counterpoint to the darkness of the story.

While not quite the best of them, The Manxman is perhaps the most confident of Hitchcock's silent pictures. Whereas the majority of his silents relied too much upon rather obvious expressionist camera techniques, The Manxman is shot much more straightforwardly, and yet it still has a smooth, flowing style and isn't cluttered up with too many title cards. For me though, Hitchcock didn't really become an interesting director until he started making talkies.


19 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Pearl Harbor sean_blinco
The lines without title cards adamthompson1981
Discuss The Manxman (1929) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?