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Blackmail (1939)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 8 September 1939 (USA)
John Ingram, successful oil-field firefighter, is really a chain-gang escapee. Someone out of his past finds him...

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Lew Harvey ...
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Lee Phelps ...
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John Ingram of Oklahoma has a loving family, loves his work fighting oil fires, and is good at it. But 9 years ago, under another name he escaped from a Southern chain gang. Enter William Ramey, a "friend" from John's past, who gradually works up to a blackmail attempt under a promise to get Ingram cleared...but instead has him sent back to the old chain gang. Though determined to tough it out this time, circumstances compel Ingram to attempt another escape... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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8 September 1939 (USA)  »

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This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Friday 16 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Monday 19 November 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6) and by New York City Saturday 15 December 1956 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it was first telecast 20 January 1958 on KGO. See more »

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When John returns home after escaping, he pulls down the shade on the window over the kitchen sink, but leaves it a few inches above the windowsill, then embraces his wife. In the next close-up of the embrace the shade is fully closed down to the sill. See more »

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Featured in From the Ends of the Earth (1939) See more »

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MGM Tries to Imitiate WB and Succeeds…Mostly
10 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's to You Mr. Robinson. Even when Slightly Miscast and Upstaged by the Villain Edward G. managed to put Verve and Gusto in any Role. Here he goes from Family Man to a Rage Filled, Revenge Seeking Psycho Hell Bent on Saving His Family and Fortune from a Slimy and Totally Repugnant former "Friend".

There are some Minor Cringe-Inducements mostly at the Beginning with some Comedy Relief and Smarmy Family Stuff, but Once the Blackmailer Shows Up Things Kick into Overdrive and there are some Very Effective Chain Gang Scenes and a Suspenseful Escape.

The Oil Fires are Realistic and this is one of the Few Times that MGM tried to be Gritty and Deliver a Message. They were Aping Warner Brothers and did a Pretty Good Imitation.


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