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Murder

Murder

Alfred Hitchcock (1930)

99min
PG Certificate
Monday 11:50am - 2pm Talking Pictures
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Review

Our Score
Alfred Hitchcock's third talkie is a creaky murder mystery, co-adapted by Hitch's wife Alma Reville from a novel and a play by Clemence Dane and Helen Simpson. Herbert Marshall does well in only his second sound film as a juror who conducts his own inquiries after he suspects an actress isn't a killer. Without giving too much away, the dénouement was considered rather daring in its day, as was the use of a stream-of-consciousness voiceover, which established Hitchcock as one of the most inventive of sound directors. However, some 70 years on, the acting seems rather stagey and the whodunnit isn't particularly taxing. But a fascinating exercise, none the less.

Summary

A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict has second thoughts and begins investigating alone.

Cast & Crew

Sir John Menier Herbert Marshall
Diana Baring Norah Baring
Dulcie Markham Phyllis Konstam
Ted Markham Edward Chapman
Gordon Druce Miles Mander
Handel Fane Esme Percy
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: Scenepalm Ltd. Available on: Available on video

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