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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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Art imitating life imitating art. See more (45 total) »

Cast

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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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1.20 : 1 See more »
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:
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:
Featured in Elstree Story (1952)See more »
Soundtrack:
PreludeSee more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Art imitating life imitating art., 8 March 2007
Author: Michael DeZubiria (wppispam2013@gmail.com) from Luoyang, China

In an early depiction of Hitchcock's fear and mistrust of the police and the legal system, we have a very legal thriller about a murder and it's subsequent trial. We are given the facts of the case, even a sort of a limited view of the murder itself taking place, followed by the prosecution and defense presenting their cases at the trial and a detailed look at the jury's discussion of the case. Sort of Hitchcock's version of 12 Angry Men.

There is a curious cast of characters involved in the film, and two of Hitch's biggest interests, the law and the arts, are on center stage. Sir John in the single character who takes the time to really look deeply into what really happened that night, even though someone's life is on the line based on the verdict that they reach, and his personal investigation is probably the best part of the film. One of the things that this movie is famous for is for being the first film where someone's thoughts are shown in a film, in the scene where he is looking at himself in the mirror, shaving. For this scene, a recording of him speaking was played off screen, since vocals could not be added to the film later.

There is a scene in the film where Mr. Marlowe goes to visit Sir John at his request, and as he approaches Sir John's desk there is a close up of his feet, which sink deeply into the rug as though it were laid over a soft mattress. This is never explained, although I am willing to accept that this is a spot of symbolism the meaning of which escaped me, since so much of the rest of the film is deeply layered, literally and figuratively, as well. There is an astonishing amount of technique and content to be seen here, impossible to catch all in one viewing, which is one sign of a great film.

Some editing and filming techniques I suspect were not as successful as they seemed in the writing stages, but the film is strong nonetheless. Consider, for example, the brave and highly successful technique of lingering on the empty jury room while the verdict is read offstage, and the shockingly effective technique of having the face of the victim hanging in the vision of the murderer. Incredibly, I think this is one of the single most haunting shots I have ever seen in a Hitchcock film. It has its slow moments and may be a bit longer than it's content can support, but this is a brilliant example of Hitch's early work.

Also keep your eye out for Hitchcock's cameo, which is a full hour into the film. This was long before he began putting all of his cameos in the beginnings of his films, knowing that the audience would be watching for him and not wanting this to distract from the stories.

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