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Blackmail (1939)

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

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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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Robinson at his tip-top best! Daring death in untameable oil-field fires...seeking vengeance in a flaming inferno...for a woman who gave him his one glimpse of heaven! See more »

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8 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Vengeance
7 April 2002 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Poor title for what is a movie patterned on "I Was A Fugitive From A Chain Gang." It would appear that some of the shots were either taken from that masterpiece or re-done virtually identically with new cast. Edward G. Robinson is presented in the Paul Muni role but this time the hero has been willfully framed -- not wrongfully convicted. This framing is necessary for the rest of the story line and the plot unfolds as believable. Gene Lockhart steals the show in his portrayal of the villain. Robinson never looks as gaunt as Muni and is less convincing as someone who has suffered on the chain gang. Watching Robinson's rotund body run through the swamps just doesn't hack it. If given a choice, see the Muni movie but this one will serve for those who prefer a different ending. A better title might have been "Vengeance."


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