Blackmail (1939 film)
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
|Music by||David Snell
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.
- Edward G. Robinson as John R. Ingram, an alias of John Harrington
- Ruth Hussey as Helen Ingram
- Gene Lockhart as William Ramey
- Bobs Watson as Hank Ingram
- Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams as Moose McCarthy (as Guinn Williams)
- John Wray as Diggs
- Arthur Hohl as Rawlins
- Esther Dale as Sarah
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