A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Norah Baring ...
Phyllis Konstam ...
Doucie Markham
Edward Chapman ...
Ted Markham
Gordon Druce
Esme Percy ...
Donald Calthrop ...
Ion Stewart
Esme V. Chaplin ...
Prosecuting Counsel
Amy Brandon Thomas ...
Defending Counsel (as Amy Brandon-Thomas)
Joynson Powell ...
S.J. Warmington ...
Marie Wright ...
Miss Mitcham
Hannah Jones ...
Mrs. Didsome
Mrs. Grogram
R.E. Jeffrey ...
Foreman of the Jury


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 dresses. Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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Release Date:

24 November 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assassinato  »

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| (TCM print: British)

Sound Mix:

(R.C.A. Photo Phone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Alfred Hitchcock: about an hour into the movie walking past the house where the murder was committed. See more »


When Sir John interviews Diana in jail, they are shown sitting at opposite ends of a table in long-shot. The widths of the planks that make up the tabletop reveal that, in closeups, they are both seated at the same end of the table. See more »


[first lines]
Old Woman: People ought to be ashamed of themselves, kicking up all that racket at this time of night.
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Referenced in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) See more »


(1865) (uncredited)
from "Tristan und Isolde"
Music by Richard Wagner
Heard on the radio
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Early Talkie With Merit
28 November 2001 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

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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