Monday, August 9, 2010

Murder ! 1930

Hitchcock, 90m

The murdered person is a young woman and the body is discovered in the presence of her rival in love, the instrument of murder and a half empty glass of brandy. The plea of mental incompetence is taken at the trial and we have a riveting view of the discussions of the jury, since a unanimous verdict is necessary to pronounce the death sentence. The tedious whodunit has an interesting twist at the end. The future Hitchcock is scarcely perceptible even embryonically although he had already made about ten films and this was one of the first non-silent ones. Interesting academically as a piece of Hitchcock.

Jonathan Rosenbaum

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