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The Manxman (1929)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 16 December 1929 (USA)
A fisherman and a rising young lawyer, who grew up as brothers, fall in love with the same girl.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Hall Caine (novel) (as Sir Hall Caine), Eliot Stannard (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carl Brisson ... Pete Quilliam
Malcolm Keen ... Philip Christian
Anny Ondra ... Kate Cregeen
Randle Ayrton Randle Ayrton ... Caesar Cregeen
Clare Greet ... Mrs. Cregeen (as Claire Greet)
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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>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK | Isle Of Man

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La isla del pecado See more »

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

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Two key lines in this movie have no intertitles, the viewer having to lip-read them. (At around one hour and four minutes) Kate reveals to Philip, "Philip, I am going to have a baby." Four minutes later, she reveals to her husband Pete, "I am going to have a baby." See more »

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After Kate tells Philip she is going to retrieve her baby, Philip is shown running to the door twice in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: Still the staunchest friends, they fought side by side for the cause of the lowly fisherfolk.
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Version of The Manxman (1916) See more »

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Decent Hitchcock
10 August 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Manxman, The (1929)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Hitchcock's last silent film has Carl Brisson playing Pete, a poor fisherman and Malcolm Keen playing Philip, a rich lawyer. The two have been best friends despite their social differences but Pete falls in love with Kate (Anny Ondra) but her father refuses to let him marry her because he's poor. Pete sets out to make his money but while he's gone Kate and Philip fall in love. Once again Hitchcock jumps into the melodrama, which is strange that he'd go for this type of film so much even after making a splash with the thriller The Lodger. As with Hitchcock's other entries in this genre, this film offers up some nice technical stuff but the director just can't handle the melodrama too well. There are some beautiful sequences here including one where Pete asks Philip to talk to the girl's father while he waits outside. Hitchcock shows up this scene from the point of view of Pete who is outside looking in through a window. This scene works very well as does one showing Kate after she receives word that he has been killed. I really wasn't too impressed with Brisson here who goes way over the top to the point where his performance comes off rather silly. Keen on the other hand is very good in his role and Ondra is good in her role. Radnle Ayrton steals the show as her father. This is certainly far from a bad movie but the director has so much better out there than this here will only appeal to die-hard fans who must see everything the man did.


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