Born August 13, 1899, in London, Alfred Joseph Hitchcock's early life had its quirks; he was often made to address mom for hours as she sat in bed, and dad once punished him by having the police lock him up! Both events would later play into his work. While working for a telegraph company, he developed an interest in photography; shifting into designing title cards for an early branch of Paramount, Hitch first looked through the lens for the unfinished Number 13 (1922). Moving to Berlin, he made his formal debut with The Pleasure Garden (1925). Though it bombed, he came back with the F.W. Murnau-influenced The Lodger (1927), incorporating Expressionist techniques and exploring his 'innocent man' theme for the first time. It'd also mark the first of Hitchcock's many playful cameos.
Alice White, while having dinner in a fancy English nightspot with her husband-to-be Scotland Yard Detective Frank Webber (John Longden), begins to flirt with an artist (Cyril Richard) seated^at the next table. The artist invites her up to see his studio, and she goes but balks when the artist asks her to pose in the nude. When the request becomes a demand, Alice stabs him to death.
BLACKMAIL starring ANNY ONDRA SARAALL GOOD CHARLES PATON JOHN LONGDEN DONALD CALTHROP CYRIL RITCHARD HANNAH JONES HARVEY BRABAN EX-DET. SERGT. BISHOP original music by HUBERT BATH song "MISS UP TO DATE" by BILLY MAYERL Cinematography byJACK E. COX produced by JOHN MAXWELL film editing by EMILE DE RUELLE adaptation by ALFRED HITCHCOCK dialogue by BENN W. LEVY additional writing by MICHAEL POWELL based on a play by CHARLES BENNETT directed by ALFRED HITCHCOCK. B/W, ©2004, 86 Minutes.