Nice early effort from Hitchcock — he gets better. Expressionism-inspired cinematography.
over 3 years
Early 'Cock, his first talkie, that demonstrates his usual themes and camerawork.
Blackmail is a 1929 British thriller drama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Anny Ondra, John Longden, and Cyril Ritchard, and featuring Donald Calthrop, Sara Allgood and Charles Paton. The film is based on the play Blackmail by Charles Bennett, as adapted by Hitchcock, with dialogue by Benn Levy. Having begun production as a silent film, the studio, British International Pictures, decided to convert it to sound during shooting.
As an early "talkie", the film is frequently cited by film historians as a landmark film, and is often cited as the first truly British "all-talkie" feature film.
Earlier British sound films include:
In March 1929, Pin and Circle were trade-shown at the same screening for film exhibitors in London.
Scotland Yard Detective Frank Webber (John Longden) escorts his girlfriend Alice White (Anny Ondra) to a tea house. They have an argument and Alice leaves with Mr. Crewe (Cyril Ritchard), an artist whom she has earlier agreed to meet. At his studio, Crewe...