Rent The Manxman (1929)

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1h 20min
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Poor fisherman Pete (Carl Brisson) falls in love with Kate (Anny Ondra), the daughter of a landlord on Man island. Pete decides to leave on his ship to earn some money and then to marry the girl. Before leaving, Pete asks his friend Philip (Malcolm Keen) to take care of Kate, but the young man is in love with her too. There comes the tragic news: Pete's ship is wrecked. Philip and Kate have to hide no more and they plan to marry; however, Pete is not dead.
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John Maxwell
Hall Caine, Eliot Stannard
Classics, Drama, Romance
Release Date:
Run Time:
80 minutes
English, Silent
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • Scene from the original silent version of 'Blackmail'
  • Alternative ending to Murder!
  • Introductions to all films by Director / Film Historian Noel Simsolo
  • Blackmail: Take with Anny Ondra (Hitchcock's first 'Blonde')
  • 52 Minute Documentary: 'Hitchcock's Early Works' with Claude Chabrol and Bernard Eisenschitz
  • Picture Gallery

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Silent Hitchcock melodrama. - The Manxman review by Steve

Spoiler Alert

On Hitchcock' ninth and last silent film he finally found a female lead of charm and exceptional beauty just as she was rendered obsolete by the arrival of sound. She was the blonde Anny Ondra whose strong middle European accent made her suddenly and sadly unsuitable for the talkies.

Which was perhaps apt on the release of a film whose theme was the paradox of fate. The key scene relates to bitter irony of a husband celebrating his wife's pregnancy, with the man who was actually the father of the child.

The Manxman is a melodramatic love triangle, with Cornwall standing in for the Isle of Man, and a film which concluded with one of Hitch's few tragic endings. It has relatively little comic relief and is unrepresentative of the Master's signature work.

The film is a curiosity which spotlights that at the end of the silent era, Hitch was still an artist in search of a medium. 

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