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Murder! -- An actress in a traveling theatre group is murdered and Diana Baring, another member of the group is found suffering from amnesia standing by the body. She's convicted of the crime but fellow actor Sir John Menier, sets out to prove her innocence.


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Clemence Dane (from: "Enter Sir John") and
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Release Date:
24 November 1930 (USA) See more »
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Herbert Marshall ... Sir John Menier
Norah Baring ... Diana Baring
Phyllis Konstam ... Doucie Markham
Edward Chapman ... Ted Markham

Miles Mander ... Gordon Druce
Esme Percy ... Handel Fane
Donald Calthrop ... Ion Stewart
Esme V. Chaplin ... Prosecuting Counsel
Amy Brandon Thomas ... Defending Counsel (as Amy Brandon-Thomas)
Joynson Powell ... Judge
S.J. Warmington ... Bennett
Marie Wright ... Miss Mitcham
Hannah Jones ... Mrs. Didsome

Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Grogram
R.E. Jeffrey ... Foreman of the Jury
Alan Stainer ... Jury Member
Kenneth Kove ... Jury Member
Guy Pelham Boulton ... Jury Member
Violet Farebrother ... Jury Member
Clare Greet ... Jury Member
Drusilla Wills ... Jury Member
Robert Easton ... Jury Member
William Fazan ... Jury Member
George Smythson ... Jury Member
Ross Jefferson ... Jury Member
Picton Roxborough ... Jury Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aileen Despard ... Edna Druce (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Gus McNaughton ... Tom Trewitt (uncredited)

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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104 min | USA:92 min | Argentina:102 min | USA:100 min (TCM print: British version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (R.C.A. Photo Phone)
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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Director Cameo: [Alfred Hitchcock]about an hour into the movie walking past the house where the murder was committed.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: At the very end of the scene that the half-caste (Fane) meets Sir John in his office, Sir John can be seen to be saying lines that cannot be heard. The scene fades as his mouth is moving.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Elstree Story (1952)See more »
Symphony No.5 in C Minor, Op.67See more »


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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Good, Early Sound Effort by the Master of Suspense, 17 July 2006
Author: dglink from Alexandria, VA

Although not as photographically fluid as his later films, Alfred Hitchcock, in his first sound film, managed to overcome the limitations of early recording equipment. With "Murder," he produced an entertaining work that holds up better and does not creak as much as many films of the early sound period.

"Murder" also provides early clues to themes that continued throughout Hitchcock's movie-making career. The accused perpetrator of a crime, who was caught with circumstantial evidence, has only a single champion that believes in her innocence. The wrongly accused would appear throughout Hitchcock's work from Robert Donat in "The Thirty-Nine Steps" to Henry Fonda in "The Wrong Man" and Cary Grant in "North by Northwest." Sexually ambiguous characters like Handel Fane in "Murder" would continue to fascinate Hitchcock over the years as well. Again, from Judith Anderson in "Rebecca," Robert Walker in "Strangers on a Train," Farley Granger and John Dall in "Rope," to even Mrs. Bundy, the ornithologist in "The Birds," Hitchcock displays a fascination with sexual ambivalence. However, the mincing character in "Murder," as played by Esme Percy, is borderline offensive, even in the context of the period. His sexual orientation is more than suggested by the character's predilection to wear women's clothing, revel in applying makeup, and use effeminate gestures.

However, despite the film's flaws and limitations, the story of Sir John Menier's efforts to prove a young woman innocent of murder is fairly engrossing. As Sir John, a well-known actor and a member of the jury that convicts the accused woman, Herbert Marshall is stalwart as ever, and he cleverly tracks down clues and devises an intellectual trap for his prey. The rest of the cast has little to do but follow Hitchcock's direction, which is capable but not his finest. For Hitchcock students, "Murder" is essential, for other viewers, this early sound effort is generally entertaining, if a bit slowly paced and static visually.

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