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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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Director:
Writers:
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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Cast

  (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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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:
The first film of Esme Percy.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Sir John and the Markhams discuss their next move in front of the boarding house (and Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance by walking in front of them), an old-style floor microphone is plainly visible near the left edge of the screen.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:
Referenced in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
PreludeSee more »

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50 out of 55 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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