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

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Alice White
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Mrs. White
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Mr. White
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Detective Frank Webber
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Tracy
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The Artist
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The Landlady
Harvey Braban ...
The Chief Inspector (sound version)
Ex-Det. Sergt. Bishop ...
The Detective Sergeant (as Ex-Det. Sergt. Bishop - Late C.I.D. Scotland Yard)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Ashby ...
Boy (uncredited)
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Alice White (uncredited) (voice)
Johnny Butt ...
Sergeant (uncredited)
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Man on Subway (uncredited)
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Gossiping Neighbour (uncredited)
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The Chief Inspector (silent version) (uncredited)
Phyllis Monkman ...
Gossip Woman (uncredited)
Percy Parsons ...
Crook (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alfred Hitchcock

Written by

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Charles Bennett ... (from the play by)
 
Alfred Hitchcock ... (adapted by)
 
Benn W. Levy ... (dialogue) (as Benn Levy)
 
Michael Powell ... () (uncredited)

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John Maxwell ... producer (uncredited)

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Jimmy Campbell ... (musical score by) (as Campbell)
Reginald Connelly ... (musical score by) (as Connelly)
Hubert Bath ... (uncredited)

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Jack E. Cox ... (photography) (as Jack Cox)

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Emile de Ruelle ... film editor

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C. Wilfred Arnold ... (as W.C. Arnold)
Norman G. Arnold ... (uncredited)

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Frank Mills ... assistant director

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Dallas Bower ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Harold V. King ... sound (uncredited)
Harry Miller ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Ronald Neame ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael Powell ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Derick Williams ... assistant camera (uncredited)

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Hubert Bath ... musical score arranged by / musical score compiled by
John Reynders ... conductor: British International Symphony Orchestra
Harry Stafford ... musical score arranged by / musical score compiled by

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Joan Barry ... dubbing voice: Anny Ondra (uncredited)
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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

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Also Known As
  • Chantage (France)
  • Erpressung (Germany)
  • Chantaje (Spain)
  • La muchacha de Londres (Spain)
  • Ucena (Yugoslavia, Serbian title)
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Trivia Much of the film was originally shot silent; when sound became available during the course of shooting, director Alfred Hitchcock re-shot certain scenes with sound, thus making it the Master of Suspense's first talkie. There was one complication with this change, however. Leading lady Anny Ondra had a thick Czech accent which was inappropriate to her character, Alice White. Joan Barry was chosen to provide a different voice for her, but post-production dubbing technology did not exist then. The solution was for Barry to stand just out of shot and read Alice's lines into a microphone as Ondra mouthed them in front of the camera. This is generally acknowledged as the first instance of one actor's voice being dubbed by another, even though the word "dub" is technologically inappropriate in this case. See more »
Goofs When Crewe (Cyril Ritchard) is talking to Alice (Anny Ondra), he calls her "Anny" at one point before correcting himself. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Squeeker (1931). See more »
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Quotes Tracy: Detectives in glass houses shouldn't wave clues.
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