Blackmail (1939 film)

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File:Blackmail (1939 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by H.C. Potter
Produced by Fred T. Gallo
Written by Endre Bohem (story) and Dorothy Yost (story)
David Hertz (screenplay) and William Ludwig (screenplay)
Starring Edward G. Robinson
Ruth Hussey
Gene Lockhart
Music by David Snell
Edward Ward
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • September 8, 1939 (1939-09-08) (U.S.)
Running time
81 minutes
Language English

Blackmail is a 1939 crime drama film starring Edward G. Robinson and was directed by H.C. Potter.


John Ingram is a very successful oil-field firefighter and a family man. All is going so well, he's even bought his own oil well in hope of striking it rich. His greatest fears are realized, however, when a man, William Ramey, from his secret past sees Ingram in a newsreel and shows up looking for a job.

Ramey attempts to blackmail Ingram, who had run from a chain gang years ago and started a new life under an assumed name. After a shady deal is made, Ingram is tricked and Ramey turns him into authorities, who return him to a chain gang. Ramey subsequently becomes a very rich man.

When Ingram finds out about the success of the man who betrayed him, he plans a daring escape in an attempt to return home and get revenge.


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