The Manxman (1929)
|Hall Caine (original novel)|
|Jack E. Cox|
|Emile de Ruelle|
|88 minutes (7,932 feet)|
|black & white|
|silent with English intertitles|
|British International Pictures|
|Wardour Films (UK)|
Despite their differing backgrounds, fisherman Pete and lawyer Philip have been life long friends on the Isle of Man. Pete wants to marry Kate, the landlord's daughter at the local inn, however Kate's father doesn't think he is good enough. Pete leaves the island to seek his fortune abroad and entrusts Kate to Philip, but they start to be attracted to each other.
Sir Hall Caine's "The Manxman", published in 1894, was one of his greatest successes, eventually selling over half a million copies. Several stage adaptations soon followed, along with a film adaptation in 1916 directed by George Loane Tucker and starring Henry Ainley and Adeline Hayden Coffin.
Eliot Stannard's scenario for the film marked the end of his eight-film collaboration with Hitchcock. Stannard went on to write for another seven films before leaving the industry in the early 1930s, by which time he had over 150 writing credits to his name.
The cast was announced by British International Pictures in July 1928. Alongside Czechoslovakian actress Anny Ondra, making her first of two films for Hitchcock, Carl Brisson and Malcolm Keen returned for their final film with the director.
Filming began in early September. Despite initial reports that Hitchcock would use the Isle of Man, the setting of Caine's book, location filming took place on the Cornish coastline and at the Polperro Harbour.
The cast and crew returned to Elstree Studios in late September and filming was completed in August.
According to Donald Spoto, studio head John Maxwell disliked the film so much that it was temporarily shelved until a positive trade screening, combined with the success of "Blackmail", changed his mind.
Release & Reception
In general, the reviews of "The Manxman" were more positive than for "Champagne", with The Bioscope stating that only a "skilful director could have devised from a story of this kind a picture of remarkable power and gripping interest."
In terms of Hitchcock’s development, The Manxman is a minor gem. It has his richest text up to that point, the most touching characterization, and some of the strongest imagery. Hobbled by a tangential morality, the film is still a fuller realization of human nature than his subsequent thrillers.
In his conversations with François Truffaut, Hitchcock was dismissive, calling it "a very banal picture" and stating that the "only point of interest about that movie is that it was my last silent one."
As part of the "Save the Hitchcock 9" campaign, started in 2010, the British Film Institute undertook a full restoration of "The Manxman". Unlike the other silent films, the original camera negative was available and was used for the project.
For further relevant information about this film, see also...
- 1000 Frames of The Manxman (1929)
- Articles about The Manxman (1929)
- Titles and Intertitles
- Web links to information, articles, reviews, etc
released in 2008
| Laquelle des Trois (1928) / Manxman (1929) - Studio Canal (France, 2008)|
R2 PAL 1.33:1
released in 2007
| The Manxman (1929) - Lionsgate (USA, 2007) - part of a box set|
R1 NTSC 1.33:1
| The Manxman (1929) - Optimum Releasing (UK, 2007) - part of a box set|
R2 PAL 1.33:1
Cast and Crew
- Carl Brisson - Pete Quilliam
- Malcolm Keen - Philip Christian
- Anny Ondra - Kate Cregeen
- Randle Ayrton - Caesar Cregeen
- Clare Greet - Mother
- Kim Peacock - Ross Christian
- Nellie Richards - Wardress
- "English Hitchcock" - by Charles Barr, pg. 224
- The Times (23/May/1928) - The Film World
- Wikipedia: Polperro
- "Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light" - by Patrick McGilligan, pg. 106
- "The Dark Side of Genius: Life of Alfred Hitchcock" - by Donald Spoto, pg. 117
- The Bioscope (23/Jan/1929)
- "Hitchcock's British Films" - by Maurice Yacowar, pg. 75
- "Hitchcock" - by François Truffaut, pg. 61
- Journal of Film Preservation (2012) - London - Restoring Hitchcock
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|1940s||Rebecca · Foreign Correspondent · Mr and Mrs Smith · Suspicion · Saboteur · Shadow of a Doubt · Lifeboat · Spellbound · Notorious · The Paradine Case · Rope · Under Capricorn|
|1950s||Stage Fright · Strangers on a Train · I Confess · Dial M for Murder · Rear Window · To Catch a Thief · The Trouble with Harry · The Man Who Knew Too Much · The Wrong Man · Vertigo · North by Northwest|
|1960s||Psycho · The Birds · Marnie · Torn Curtain · Topaz|
|1970s||Frenzy · Family Plot|
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