The Manxman (1929)

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



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


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 <>

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Release Date:

16 December 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La isla del pecado  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


The facing of Pete's head changes between shots when he is resting it on Phil's shoulder while awaiting news about the baby. See more »


[first title card]
Title Card: "What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?"
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Version of The Manxman (1916) See more »

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Intrigued by the Seriousness
4 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was pleased with this. I'm a great fan of Hitchcock, but I've not seen many of the early films. This one did not disappoint. It is the sad eternal triangle. It's a time when a man's oath to his best friend supersedes all, even if it means giving up the woman he truly loves. The young lady in question is of the lower classes and beautiful. It would be normal for her to marry the laughing sailor. The lawyer is actually above her station. When news comes that he betrothed has died, it would be natural for her to marry the lawyer. However, he is fraught with contradictions. His father was a failure and he is in line for a judgeship. He gets her pregnant but won't fess up. The sailor returns from the sea. News of his death was incorrect. So now we have the problem. She loves the lawyer. She doesn't love the sailor. But she has given her word to wait. Instead of being honorable, the lawyer wants it both ways. it has a pretty harsh ending which I won't spoil. I thought for a film of 1929 this was pretty good

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