Murder
Alfred Hitchcock (1930)

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1930, 11O MINS, UK

CAST:

  • Herbert Marshall
  • Norah Baring
  • Phyllis Konstam
  • Edward Chapman
  • Miles Mander

(British International)


Alfred Hitchcock, Murder, 1930 & The Lodger, 1926


    Original title of this one was Enter Sir John. Based on the rather highbrow mystery yarn [by Clemence Dane], it tells how a girl is convicted of murder on circumstantial evidence and sentenced to death. One of the jurymen, an actor, sets to work to solve the crime.

    Drawback of this type of development is that the biggest kick in the picture occurs in the earlier reels.

    Well photographed and mounted, it contains all the gadgets of the pet Alfred Hitchcock technique, from quick cutting to skilful dialog blending.

    The dialog is very well written. Long episodes have clever satirical values as attacks on the conventional and lower-class English.

    Acting is very good. Herbert Marshall beats the cast to it as the knighted actor who turns amateur detective. Norah Baring is sympathetic as the suspected girl.


TRIVIA:

    Hitchcock filmed a German version called Mary at the same time, but using German actors on the same sets. One copy of this film is known to survive at the Bundesfilmarchiv in Germany.

    Hitch came into conflict with Alfred Abel, the actor playing Herbert Marshall's role, who refused to perform the farcical bed scene in the boarding house as he felt it was degrading.


3 STARS OUT OF 5



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al pacino | michelle pfeiffer

yul brynner | christopher plummer | romy schneider

the godfather | the godfather part ii
marlon brando | james caan | diane keaton | al pacino
laurence olivier | clark gable | vivien leigh | leslie howard | alfred hitchcock | robert montgomery | grace kelly
olivia de havilland | humphrey bogart | howard hawks | frank capra | charlie chaplin | lauren bacall | fritz lang
jean harlow | greta garbo | ava gardner | audrey hepburn | edward g. robinson | john garfield
erich von stroheim | wim wenders | madeleine carroll | marlene dietrich | rita hayworth





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