The police find the actress, Diana Baring, near the body of her friend. All the circumstantial proofs seems to point to her and, at the end of the trial, she is condemned. Sir John Menier, a jury member, suspects Diana's boyfriend, who works as an acrobat wearing a dress.Written by
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A Mystery Story that will grip and enthrall from the opening terrifying scream to the final escape from justice of the murderer in his leap of death! (Print Ad- Vancouver Sun, ((Vancouver, BC)) 25 July 1931)
The scene where Sir John thinks out loud in front of a mirror had to be filmed with a recording of the lines and a thirty piece orchestra hidden behind the set, as it was not possible to post-dub the soundtrack later. See more »
When Mr. Markham introduces his wife to Sir John and when the three of them dine together, Mrs. Markham has a corsage attached to her fur coat. Once the three of them head to the boarding house, the corsage is gone, with no explanation of its disappearance. See more »
People ought to be ashamed of themselves, kicking up all that racket at this time of night.
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Hitchcock filmed two versions of this film at the same time: one in English, the other a German language version. See more »
Early Hitchcocks are all worth seeing to observe how the Master's style evolved over the years. This story, based on a Clemence Dane book, is interesting, if only for the sub-texts flowing through it. The dialogue comes in fits and starts, which is common in the early sound films and some of the camera work is rudimentary.....but you can still spot the Hitchcock touch in the nuances of some of the scenes. Herbert Marshall is especially dashing as Sir John; he was a particularly attractive actor in his early years. Nora Baring is servicable as the accused but it is Esme Percy, as Fain, who is intriguing. As a "half-caste", originally written by Dane as gay, he is either overacting like hell or is fascinating in his interpretation....there is a fine line. Regardless, he holds your attention when he is on the screen. The film moves slowlllllllly, very slowlllllly.....but for Hitchcock and early talkie buffs, it is well worth it. Catch Una O'Conner in her younger years as the landlady. She's a treat.
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