Blackmail (1929)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 6, 1929
DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
New York Times

That Blackmail has merits is admitted by all who have seen it.

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Steve Crum

Early British production by Hitchcock is entertaining.

Fernando F. Croce

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

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Gabe Leibowitz

Horrific and dated....worth seeing from a strictly historical standpoint.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a more than adequate though primitive murder mystery story that's enhanced by a series of marvelous technical innovations for its time.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Hitchcock's first talkie is still enjoyable if creaky.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Interesting film. Often considered to be the first British "talkie", even though it was originally shot as a silent film then re-shot with sound, with… More
Aj V
On the one hand, the story is very simple, but slow and dragged out, which is kind of annoying, and the nothing is really resolved the way it should. On the… More
Reid Volk
The master in his early days. Even for his first talkie, his visual style is just as brilliant in 1929 as it would be in later years. Whether it be the use of a… More
Lady D'arbanville
One of Hitchock?s first films. This was going to be a silent film, which is apparent by it's beginning, with the camera shots and the over emphasis on… More
Drew Smith
Not Hitchcock's best by any means, but pretty clever for its time, and definitely a portent for the incredible work he was to produce. Alice was an idiot.
Cassandra Maples
If a modern audience sat down to see this film, Alfred Hitchcock's first talkie, they'd squirm in their seats - at first. Unconvincing sound effects… More