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Blackmail (1947)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Film-Noir | 24 July 1947 (USA)
A private detective is approached by a wealthy entertainment executive to stop a blackmail scheme against him. Although he hasn't decided to take the job, the blackmailers believe that he ... See full summary »

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Lesley Selander

Writers:

Royal K. Cole (screenplay), Robert Leslie Bellem (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Marshall ... Daniel J. Turner
Adele Mara ... Sylvia Duane
Ricardo Cortez ... Ziggy Cranston
Grant Withers ... Police Inspector Donaldson
Stephanie Bachelor ... Carla
Richard Fraser ... Antoine le Blanc
Roy Barcroft ... Spice Kellaway
George J. Lewis ... Blue Chip Winslow
Gregory Gaye ... Jervis (as Gregory Gay)
Tristram Coffin ... Pinky
Eva Novak ... Mamie
Bud Wolfe Bud Wolfe ... Gomez
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A private detective is approached by a wealthy entertainment executive to stop a blackmail scheme against him. Although he hasn't decided to take the job, the blackmailers believe that he already has, and he is marked for murder. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lightnin' Strikes Twice See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The screenplay was based on the short story "Stock Shot" by Robert Leslie Bellem that appeared in the June 1944 issue of "Hollywood Detective" magazine. See more »

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Despite a small-time cast, it's a big-time movie.
14 June 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Blackmail" is an inexpensively made film. Its leading man, William Marshall, was hardly a household name and the only real star in the film, Ricardo Cortez, was years after his prime...well after he was no longer a big draw. These and it having a B-movie runtime of only 67 minutes, you might assume it's not much of a picture...and you'd be wrong. It's simply terrific...well worth seeing.

The story is about the latest case being handled by a private detective, Daniel Turner (Marshall). A rich guy was drugged and incriminating photos were made with the unconscious man....and he wants Turner to get those photos. However, during their initial meeting, another man appears and attacks both Turner and his client. Soon, the attacker runs from the house...and is shot to death! Turner thinks his client did it....but he's not sure. What he is sure of is that the police need to be contacted. But when the police arrive, the body has disappeared and his client behaves as if nothing has happened!! What actually did happen and who's behind all this?

Despite Marshall not being a big-time actor, he was quite good in this one. He was hard-boiled and up to a LOT of action....with one fight scene after another in this one. All in all, a very exciting and well written picture...one that might seem too good to be a B.


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