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Blackmail (1939)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 8 September 1939 (USA)
John Ingram, successful oil-field firefighter, is really a chain-gang escapee. Someone out of his past finds him...

Director:

H.C. Potter

Writers:

David Hertz (screen play), William Ludwig (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... John R. Ingram
Ruth Hussey ... Helen Ingram
Gene Lockhart ... William Ramey
Bobs Watson ... Hank
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Moose McCarthy (as Guinn Williams)
John Wray ... Diggs
Arthur Hohl ... Rawlins
Esther Dale ... Sarah
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lew Harvey Lew Harvey ... Workman (scenes deleted)
Mitchell Lewis ... Workman (scenes deleted)
Louis Natheaux ... (scenes deleted)
Ted Oliver Ted Oliver ... Workman (scenes deleted)
Lee Phelps Lee Phelps ... Guard (scenes deleted)
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John Ingram of Oklahoma has a loving family, loves his work fighting oil fires, and is good at it. But 9 years ago, under another name he escaped from a Southern chain gang. Enter William Ramey, a "friend" from John's past, who gradually works up to a blackmail attempt under a promise to get Ingram cleared...but instead has him sent back to the old chain gang. Though determined to tough it out this time, circumstances compel Ingram to attempt another escape... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Robinson at his tip-top best! Daring death in untameable oil-field fires...seeking vengeance in a flaming inferno...for a woman who gave him his one glimpse of heaven! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amenaza See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Friday 16 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Monday 19 November 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in New Haven CT 3 December 1956 on WNHC (Channel 8), in New York City 15 December 1956 on WCBS (Channel 2) , in Portland OR 2 January 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Chicago 16 January 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Altoona PA 15 April 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Minneapolis 1 May 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Abilene TX 20 May 1957 on KRBC (Channel 9), in Phoenix 28 July 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Memphis 5 August 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in Miami 14 August 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Tampa 1 October 1957 on WFLA (Channel 8), in Cincinnati 2 November 1957 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in Columbus 23 November 1957 on WLW-C (Channel 3), in Indianapolis 9 December 1957 on WLW-I (Channel 13), in Fresno CA 16 December 1957 on KMJ (Channel 24), in Honolulu 3 January 1958 on KHVH (Channel 13), and in San Francisco 20 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

While riding under the truck, Edward G. Robinsons characters hat falls off onto the road. Later, when he arrives back at his home, he is wearing his hat again .It's conceivable truck was not going in the direction Ingram needed to go and simply picked up the hat on the way back. See more »

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Featured in From the Ends of the Earth (1939) See more »

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Mother of mercy! Is this the end of John Ingram?
9 April 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson is rather implausibly cast as an oil-field firefighter named John Ingram who is even more implausibly married to beautiful Ruth Hussey. Turns out Eddie G. has a big secret in his past: he's a fugitive from a chain gang. Slimy Gene Lockhart shows up and tries to blackmail him. When that doesn't work, Lockhart cooks up a plan to steal Eddie's business and send him back to the chain gang.

Excellent work by Gene Lockhart. I've seen him in lots of movies, usually playing very similar roles in a very similar manner. But here he's playing a hobo shakedown artist -- with an accent, no less! He gives the best performance in the film, though Eddie Robinson is solid, as usual. Ruth Hussey is lovely and plays the courageous wife well. Guinn Williams plays Robinson's annoying friend. Some nice footage of the oil firefighters. The chain gang parts are a little reminiscent of a certain classic Paul Muni film. Diminutive Robinson's escape scene is lots of fun to watch, though. Look at him go! An enjoyable movie that fans of Robinson will enjoy. It's not one of his best but it's good entertainment.


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