Blackmail
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Alfred Hitchcock's first sound film utilized the new sound technology in a rather creative way off-camera. Hitchcock's lead actress, Anny Ondra, had a strong Eastern European accent that was difficult for English audiences to understand, so Hitchcock's solution was to have British actress Joan Barry speak Ondra's lines of dialogue off-camera. The film concerns a woman who kills a man who tries to assault her. Ondra plays Alice White who, while having dinner in a fancy English nightspot with her husband-to-be Scotland Yard Detective Frank Webber (John Longden), begins to flirt… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"That Blackmail has merits is admitted by all who have seen it."
‑ , New York Times
"Early British production by Hitchcock is entertaining."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"A Teutonic experiment in ambiguity and an astringent comedy of wandering relationships, Alfred Hitchcock's first talkie offers scene upon scene of ingenious synergy of camera and meaning"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Horrific and dated....worth seeing from a strictly historical standpoint."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, eCinemaCenter.com
"It's a more than adequate though primitive murder mystery story that's enhanced by a series of marvelous technical innovations for its time."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Hitchcock's first talkie is still enjoyable if creaky."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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