Release dateJuly 24, 1947 (1947-07-24) (United States) WriterRoyal K. Cole (screenplay), Robert Leslie Bellem (original story), Albert DeMond (additional dialogue) CastAdele Mara, Ricardo Cortez Similar moviesRelated Lesley Selander movies
Blackmail is a 1947 American film noir crime film directed by Lesley Selander starring William Marshall, Adele Mara and Ricardo Cortez. The lead character is based on a pulp magazine hero Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective.
A shamus is approached by an entertainment executive to stop a blackmail plot against him.
William Marshall as Dan Turner
Adele Mara as Sylvia Duane
Ricardo Cortez as Ziggy Cranston
Grant Withers as Police Inspector Donaldson
Stephanie Bachelor as Carla
Richard Fraser as Antoine le Blanc
Roy Barcroft as Spice Kellaway
George J. Lewis as Blue Chip Winslow
Gregory Gaye as Jervis
Tristram Coffin as Pinky
Eva Novak as Mamie, the Maid
Bud Wolfe as Gomez
When released the New York Times gave the film a mixed review, writing, "Evidently the writers and/or Republic, the manufacturer, were convinced that some fast dialogue would enhance the rather confused goings on. But this yarn about a California playboy who becomes involved with shakedown artists and is aided by a brash, private investigator needed more than an occasional bright quip to keep things clear and moving."