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Adventure in Blackmail (1942)

Breach of Promise (original title)
Peter Conway is a playwright and his new play is having its first night. At the party afterwards, Peter is kissed by a woman he claims not to know. The woman is Pamela. At first, she ... See full summary »

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Peter Conroy
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Pamela Lawrence
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Morgan
Marguerite Allan ...
Pamela Rose
Percy Walsh ...
Saxon Rose
Dennis Arundell ...
Philip
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Professor Beaver
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Sir Hamar
Charles Victor ...
Sir William
Aubrey Mallalieu ...
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Tony Bazell ...
Rex Waring
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Peter Conway is a playwright and his new play is having its first night. At the party afterwards, Peter is kissed by a woman he claims not to know. The woman is Pamela. At first, she persuades him but then produces some letters where he declared his undying love for her and she sues him for Breach of Promise. But Peter has a nice scheme to defeat her plan - he marries her. She then does her best to bankrupt him. But why does she want to destroy him? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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5 August 1943 (USA)  »

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A Damp Squib
17 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

I viewed the 66minute American version of this film which is strangely titled "Adventure In Blackmail".The film originally ran for 79minutes and many scenes have been brutally truncated.This may contribute to the lack of humour though i somehow doubt it.The first problem is with the script which is unfunny surprising given that Emric Pressburgers name is attached to it.It may also be the fact that Clive Brook at 55 is just too old a lead to make the premise of the film work particularly when you consider that Judy Campbell was just 26 when the film was made.So it rather undercuts the prenise of Breach of Promise.As with all farces the situation gets rather turned on its head and we land up with a very predictable ending.Compare this with say My favourite wife made about the same time by RKO in Hollywood.Imagine what Cary Grant and Irene Dunne could have made with these parts.A lot more than Brook and Campbell.


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