For the next event in its “Hitchcock: Buried but Alive” series, Cinema Capitol will present the 1929 thriller BLACKMAIL from Friday, November 1-Thursday, November 7.
The “Hitchcock: Buried but Alive” series presents some of the lesser-known works of the eminent director Alfred Hitchcock. The series includes movies which are rarely screened in theaters.
Released at a time when sound movies were becoming mainstream, BLACKMAIL is Alfred Hitchcock’s first talkie. It is also widely considered to be the first truly British “all-talkie” feature. BLACKMAIL was based upon a play of the same title by Charles Bennett.
The movie stars Anny Ondra as the daughter of a London shopkeeper. Her boyfriend Frank (John Longden), a detective, seems more interested in his police work than in her. When she decides to shift her interests toward another man, the results are tragic and deadly. Frank must work to solve the mystery of the murder, but is hindered by a serious case of blackmail. Also starring in the movie are Donald Calthrop, Cyril Ritchard, Charles Paton, and Sara Allgood.
Film critic Leonard Maltin writes that “the picture is… exciting, especially for fans and students of the director’s work.”
BLACKMAIL runs 125 minutes and is not rated. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for students and military, and $6 for Capitol Friends.
Tickets are available at the door and in advance from the Capitol box office (315-337-6453) and online at www.romecapitol.com. The movie will be shown each day from Friday, November 1-Thursday, November 7. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 4:00 and 7:00, Sunday at 1:00 and 4:00, and Monday-Thursday at 7:00. There will be no captioned show times for this movie.