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Number 17 (1932)
"Number Seventeen" (original title)

 -  Crime | Mystery | Thriller  -  18 July 1932 (UK)
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A gang of thieves gather at a safe house following a robbery, but a detective is on their trail.

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Complete credited cast:
Leon M. Lion ...
Ben
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Nora Brant - the Girl
John Stuart ...
Barton - the Detective
Donald Calthrop ...
Brant - Nora's Escort
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Henry Doyle
Ann Casson ...
Rose Ackroyd
Henry Caine ...
Mr. Ackroyd
Garry Marsh ...
Sheldrake
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Detective Gilbert is searching for a necklace robbed by a gang of thieves. In the beginning, the gang is in a house in London, then they are running away from police. It will not be easy for the detective to recover the jewel. Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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18 July 1932 (UK)  »

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Trivia

This was Alfred Hitchcock's last film as director for British International Pictures, though he made one more film for them as producer: Lord Camber's Ladies (1932), directed by Benn W. Levy. See more »

Goofs

Barton and Nora's hands are tied to the railing behind them, but after they fall backwards through it they're hanging with their hands in front of them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben: Oh! Oh, Gawd! Oh, Gawd! Oh, Gawd! Oh!
Fordyce/Barton: How do you feel? Now, where's that candle? Here, have some of this.
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Featured in Agatha Christie: Poirot: The ABC Murders (1992) See more »

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I Don't Need a Television
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Music by Harry Shalson
Lyrics by John Malvern
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Hitch playing with atmosphere
4 January 2009 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

One of Alfred Hitchcock's British earlies: "Number Seventeen" shows his experimentation in the area of suspense and atmosphere. The plot is shaky and frankly I didn't quite get it in the first time around but I enjoyed the fact that you never knew who anyone was, were they telling the truth?

The story involves a vacant house in which assorted characters meet up for various reasons and possibly nefarious purposes.

A jewel heist is at the core of the situation but that is just the Maguffin as it is hard to fathom why some of the characters have any good reason for being in the house.

it took me a second watching for all the information to sieve through and to come to some kind of understanding of the plot.

I loved some of the closing scenes, particularly the historic value of the English Channel crossing complete with train. Lots of amusement, I must say, at the miniature sets of trains and buses racing around. Hitch having fun with his toys comes to mind.

This is a short movie - just over an hour and packs a lot of punches. Anne Grey is stellar in her leading lady role, she retired not too long after, having failed to make it in Hollywood.

For those fans of the master, it is well worth watching, if only to see how he honed his craft.

6 out of 10


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