Review: ‘The Manxman’

The Hall Caine novel from which this film was adapted is a weak one, but the director has done his best with it. All there is to the story is Pete, a fisherman, having Philip, an attorney, for a buddy; Pete being in love with Kate; getting the cold mitt from her father because he is poor, and going abroad to make money, leaving Kate in care of Philip.

The Hall Caine novel from which this film was adapted is a weak one, but the director has done his best with it. All there is to the story is Pete, a fisherman, having Philip, an attorney, for a buddy; Pete being in love with Kate; getting the cold mitt from her father because he is poor, and going abroad to make money, leaving Kate in care of Philip.

Inevitable results – or there would be no story at all – and Pete is said to be dead. Then he turns up and Philip persuades Kate her duty is to marry Pete.

More is actually got out of it by direction and sharply defined characterization than there is in the story. A fair amount of suspense is got into scenes between Pete and Kate arising out of the concealed parentage of the baby and the final revelation.

Minor parts are well cast. Acting comes best from Malcolm Keen, who makes Philip credible but vivid Carl Brisson (Pete) falls down on dramatic moments. Anny Ondra (Kate) shows she has looks and trouping ability, a small blonde with plenty of s.a.

The Manxman

UK

Production

British International. Director Alfred Hitchcock; Producer John Maxwell; Screenplay Eliot Stannard; Camera Jack Cox; Editor Emile de Ruelle; Art Director C. Wilfred Arnold

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1929. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

Carl Brisson Malcolm Keen Anny Ondra Randle Ayrton Clare Greet

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