In the village of Domrémy, the young Joan is visited by Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret, who exhort her to fight for her country. Her father Jacques d’Arc, mother Isabelle Romée, and uncle beg her to stay at home, but she leaves them and travels to Vaucouleurs, where she meets with the governor, Captain Robert de Baudricourt. The dissipated Baudricourt initially scorns Joan’s ideals, but her zeal eventually wins him over, and he gives her authority to lead French soldiers. Joan and her army lead a triumphal procession into Orléans, followed by a large crowd. Then, in Reims Cathedral, Charles VII is crowned King of France.
Alfred Hitchcock – Blackmail (1929)
Sara Allgood as Mrs. White
Charles Paton as Mr. White
John Longden as Detective Frank Webber
Donald Calthrop as Tracy
Cyril Ritchard as Mr. Crewe, an artist
Hannah Jones as the landlady
Harvey Braban as the Chief Inspector (sound version)
Johnny Ashby as Sergeant
After killing a man in self-defense, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing.
On 26 April 1929, Scotland Yard Detective Frank Webber escorts his girlfriend Alice White to a tea house. They have an argument and Frank storms out. While reconsidering his action, he sees Alice leave with Mr. Crewe, an artist she had earlier agreed to meet.
Crewe persuades a reluctant Alice into coming up to see his studio. She admires a painting of a laughing clown, and uses his palette and brushes to paint a cartoonish drawing of a face; he adds a few strokes of a naked feminine figure, and guiding her hand, they sign the picture with her name. He gives her a dancer’s outfit and Crewe sings and plays “Miss Up-to-Date” on the piano.
Crewe steals a kiss, to Alice’s disgust, but as she is changing and preparing to leave, he takes her dress from the changing area. He attempts to rape her; her cries for help are not heard on the street below. In desperation, Alice grabs a nearby bread knife and kills him. She angrily tears a hole in the painting of the clown, then leaves after attempting to remove any evidence of her presence in the flat, but accidentally leaves her gloves behind. She walks the streets of London all night in a daze.
When the body is found, Frank is assigned to the case and finds one of Alice’s gloves. He also recognizes the dead man, but conceals this from his superior. Taking the glove, he goes to see Alice at her father’s tobacco shop, but she is too distraught to speak.
DeMille masterpiece was intended as a musical version of George Bizet’s opera Carmen, but it was under copyright so DeMille instructed his screenwriter brother William to base his scenario on the Public Domain novella Carmen written by Prosper Mérimée. The novella’s Carmen was more deliberate and manipulative than the opera version. For instance it included a cigarette factory fight scene from the book which was not found in the opera.
The story is centered around Carmen, a gypsy girl who seduces Don José, an officer of the law. Carmen uses Don José to facilitate her clan’s smuggling activities. Don José becomes obsessed and violent as he tries to keep her attention.