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While holidaying in Switzerland, Lawrence and his wife Jill are asked by a dying friend, Louis Bernard, to get information hidden in his room to the British Consulate. They get the information, but when they deny having it, their daughter Betty is kidnapped. It turns out that Louis was a Foreign Office spy and the information has to do with the assassination of a foreign dignitary. Having managed to trace his daughter's kidnappers back to London, Lawrence learns that the assassination will take place during a concert at the Albert Hall. It is left to Jill, however, to stop the assassination. Written by
The position of Mr. Lawrence's cigarette varies between shots when he is in the Tabernacle church. See more »
The arm of the English law needed help in taking our friend to the station - very, very reluctantly. I've given him in charge.
For disorderly conduct in a sacred edifice.
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If ever a film was in need of restoration it's this. Ironically one of the easiest Hitchcock films to see (because it's in public domain, you can usually pick up a copy in the drugstore for about $3), it's also impossible to find a print of it that's not hideous to look at and practically inaudible. For now, it still looks like the best film of Hitchcock's British Primitive period. Avoiding the clumsiness endemic to the likes of "Secret Agent" and "Blackmail" by pretty much dispensing altogether with character development or a comprehensible plot, it travels like "North by Northwest" along a series of loosely linked set pieces that without adding up to much provide an entertaining and intriguing passing show. Considerably jazzing up the proceedings is the zaftig, boyish young Peter Lorre, who with decadent charm (and not for the first or last time) transforms the putative villain into the tragic hero of the piece.
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