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Murder!
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Clemence Dane (from: "Enter Sir John") and
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Release Date:
24 November 1930 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Clemence Dane (from: "Enter Sir John") and
Helen Simpson (from: "Enter Sir John")

Alfred Hitchcock (adapted by) and
Walter C. Mycroft (adapted by) (as Walter Mycroft)

Alma Reville (scenario)

Produced by
John Maxwell .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Jack E. Cox (photography) (as J.J. Cox)
 
Film Editing by
Rene Marrison (film edited by)
 
Art Direction by
John Mead  (as J.F. Mead)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Mills .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Peter Proud .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Cecil Thornton .... sound recordist (as Cecil V. Thornton)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bryan Langley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Emile de Ruelle .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
John Reynders .... musical director
 
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Runtime:
104 min | USA:92 min | Argentina:102 min | USA:100 min (TCM print: British version)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (R.C.A. Photo Phone)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (1995) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Director Cameo: [Alfred Hitchcock]about an hour into the movie walking past the house where the murder was committed.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Elstree Story (1952)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No.5 in C Minor, Op.67See more »

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45 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
skewering the straightforward, 24 December 2004
Author: dustybooks from United States

One of the most conventional stories Hitchcock ever filmed, this is an innovative early curio full of clever moments, a vibrant feature that overwhelms its intelligent but lifeless (and dated) script. It is not a match for the stunning BLACKMAIL, but it is a worthy followup after the less interesting JUNO & THE PAYCOCK.

Sir John's quest to clear the woman he helped convict of murder charges takes a familiar whodunit path, but the performances help make this a unique film. All credit goes to Hitchcock for crafting another visually arresting movie and for knowing precisely how to tell the tale without overreaching (something he accomplished even in his weakest movies).

You'd expect that this movie, full of pioneering experiments, would feel like an antique; so many of the things it attempts have become tired clichés, yet the actors and director ensured that MURDER! would retain a freshness that is potent even now.

Without revealing too much, the sequence that really stays with you occurs near the end of the picture at a circus. This climactic, dark scene will leave you reeling in disbelief. Each time I see it I come away wondering how he managed something so remarkable -- and in a sense, terrifying -- to wrap up this Agatha Christie-like plot. Hitchcock's brightest years are ahead of him at this point, but the circus scene may be a career highlight.

The director disliked "whodunit" stories due to their rigid structure and the lack of opportunities for suspense, and admittedly this story is not as exciting as THE LODGER or BLACKMAIL, but he does milk the plot for all that it's worth and I think most anyone would be entertained by it. For Hitchcock buffs, this is a must, and thanks to the copious experimentation it's also recommended to anyone who is interested in early sound cinema.

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