Posts filed under Alfred Hitchcock

Blackmail… Sound or Silent?

Following on from yesterday’s post, here’s another archive clipping about Blackmail (1929) from the Hull Daily Mail (11/Sep/1929)… SOUND v. SILENT FILM VOTE. BERLIN, Tuesday. The first showing in Berlin of the British International Pictures production, “Blackmail,” was used to test the feeling of the public here on the vocal film. The whole work was passed twice across the screen, once with and once without the voices, and the audience, consisting mainly of people connected… (read more)

Blackmail: Banned in Australia!

Another interesting article from the National Library of Australia’s Trove site, this time from the Brisbane Sunday Mail (27/Oct/1929): BLACKMAIL BRITISH “TALKIE” HIT AUSTRALIAN BAN Something of a sensation has been caused in the British film world by the banning of the British “talkie,” Blackmail, by the Australian film censor. Nobody appears to know why, and the action is regarded as even more strange when it is realised that the British film censor passed the… (read more)

Blackmail on BBC4

Just got an email from the BBC! :-) Hi there I just wanted to let you know that we are showing Hitchcock’s classic film Blackmail on BBC Four on Saturday 13 August at 10pm: It is accompanied by a new documentary based on Matthew Sweet’s book about early British cinema, Shepperton Babylon: I thought that your users might be interested in both programmes. Best wishes BBC Four webteam I’d spotted that Blackmail was… (read more)