#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: London, 1929. Frank Webber, a very busy Scotland Yard detective, seems to be more interested in his work than in Alice White, his girlfriend. Feeling herself ignored, Alice agrees to go out with an elegant and well-mannered artist who invites her to visit his fancy apartment.
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Britain’s first talkie, the 1929 “Blackmail,” is directed by Alfred Hitchock, and even back then, it has many of his touches. The stars are Anny Ondra, Cyril Ritchard, John Longden, and Sara Allgood.
A young woman (Ondra) two-times her Scotland Yard inspector boyfriend (Longden) and goes out with an artist (Ritchard). Things get rough in his apartment, and he forces himself on her. She kills him (a la Dial M for Murder). Her boyfriend finds her glove in the apartment and realizes she did it; the other glove was found by a criminal hanging around the artist’s apartment building, and he decides to blackmail the inspector.
Hitchcock more than appears in this film; he has a bit with a little boy on a subway. The film is strange in that the beginning is silent with no title cards. Then suddenly, there is sound. It moves quite slowly, with not much in the way of action. The story builds slowly, and the scene in the artist’s apartment is quite long before anything happens.
Nevertheless, the Hitchcock touches are there. A pivotal scene happens at the British Museum – Hitchcock’s upheaval in familiar places. And in the jail scene, there’s a sound the director often described as being terrifying in his childhood when his father had the local police teach him a lesson – the jail door closing.
The very pretty Ondra, wife of boxer Max Schmelling, is dubbed here. Ritchard in 1929 is not recognizable as Captain Hook.
Worth seeing – it’s early Hitchcock and it’s an 80-year-old movie. Mind-boggling.
All Things Considered, Quite Extraordinary
Considering the technical limitations confronting Hitchcock (the part-sound/part-silent format; the bulky, graceless early sound camera; a leading lady who barely spoke English, etc.), “Blackmail” remains one of the director’s most impressive productions. The visual and sound quality is excellent, especially for a 1929 film, and already Hitchcock is using distinctive camera angles to create memorable effects. (Notice the shadowy interior of the Artist’s loft, and the way Hitchcock swoops the camera about to convey Alice’s disorientation after the murder.) I also love the way Hitchcock depicts the Blackmailer’s flight after his climactic confrontation with Alice and the Detective. We never see the Blackmailer at all – the camera remains frozen on the face of the Detective, who reacts to what is going on. At the moment the Blackmailer shatters the window, the Detective lets out a shout, and the camera – as if startled by the commotion – dollies backward. We immediately cut to the busted window, with a posse of lawmen rushing toward it. It’s a wonderful device (what other director in 1929 would have approached the scene in this way, I wonder?). The performances in “Blackmail” are remarkable and eccentric, in the best sense of the word. Donald Calthrop and Cyril Ritchard, playing the disheveled blackmailer and the lecherous artist, etch themselves in your memory. Anny Ondra is fine as Alice, gamely committing herself to the role, even though she was pantomiming lines. Her dazed reactions at the climax of the murder sequence are shocking. She’s like a demented robot, yet the behavior rings true for me. Lastly, let me say I admire John Longden’s performance most of all. His role as Frank, the detective, is in no sense that of a traditional film hero. He often bullies Alice, turns moody and childish during arguments and is willing to pin murder on an innocent (albeit not very nice) man. Longden realizes all the not very appealing attributes of Frank’s behavior (how he sneers when the tables finally turn on Calthrop), but he also makes clear that he loves Alice and is trying to protect her. He is clearly devastated as he talks with Alice in the phone booth and realizes she is indeed guilty. In summary, few of Hitchcock’s 1930 British films are on a par with “Blackmail.” The depth of its characterizations will remain unmatched until “Rebecca” a decade later. Reflect on how “Blackmail” compares – technically – with America’s first sound film and you start to see the true measure of Hitchcock’s genius.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 25 min (85 min), 1 hr 15 min (75 min) (24 fps) (silent) (2012 restoration) (UK)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Crime, Thriller
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Writer Charles Bennett (from the play by), Alfred Hitchcock (adapted by), Benn W. Levy (dialogue)
Actors Anny Ondra, Sara Allgood, Charles Paton, John Longden
Production Company British International Pictures
Sound Mix Mono (R.C.A. Photophone System)
Aspect Ratio 1.20 : 1
Film Length 2,175.05 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm