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Release Date:
15 April 1935 (USA) See more »
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Public Enemy No. 1 of all the world... See more »
Plot:
A man and his wife receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Interesting idea, not the best execution See more (92 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Leslie Banks ... Lawrence
Edna Best ... Jill

Peter Lorre ... Abbott
Frank Vosper ... Ramon
Hugh Wakefield ... Clive
Nova Pilbeam ... Betty Lawrence
Pierre Fresnay ... Louis
Cicely Oates ... Nurse Agnes
D.A. Clarke-Smith ... Binstead (as D.A.Clarke Smith)
George Curzon ... Gibson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Atkinson ... Policeman Shot Behind Mattress (uncredited)
Betty Bascomb ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tony De Lungo ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Clare Greet ... Mrs. Brockett (uncredited)
Joan Harrison ... Secretary (uncredited)
James Knight ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Arnold Lucy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mitchelson-Hill ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Henry Oscar ... George Barber - Dentist (uncredited)
Charles Paton ... Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Frederick Piper ... Policeman with Rifle (uncredited)
H.G. Stoker ... Police Chief at Siege (uncredited)
Jack Vyvian ... Baker - Policeman Shot at Front Door (uncredited)
Percy Walsh ... Detective Inspector (uncredited)
Hal Walters ... Postman (uncredited)
S.J. Warmington ... Rawlings - Gang Member (uncredited)
Edward Wild ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Charles Bennett (by) and
D.B. Wyndham-Lewis (by) (as D.B.Wyndham Lewis)

Edwin Greenwood (scenario) and
A.R. Rawlinson (scenario)

Emlyn Williams (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Ivor Montagu .... associate producer
Michael Balcon .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Arthur Benjamin 
 
Cinematography by
Curt Courant (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh Stewart  (as H.St.C.Stewart)
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Junge 
 
Production Management
Richard Beville .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pen Tennyson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
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Peter Proud .... sets (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
F. McNally .... recordist (as F.McNally)
 
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Albert Whitlock .... miniatures assistant (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted Lloyd .... camera operator (uncredited)
Peter Sargent .... clapper-boy (uncredited)
 
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Louis Levy .... musical director
Charles Williams .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
75 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 (1995) | Finland:(Banned) (1935) | Germany:12 | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1998) | USA:Approved (PCA #620) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The logo for Gaumont British Pictures is located on a scarf worn by Leslie Banks during the opening scene.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mrs. Lawrence faints, her right arm, holding the letter, is straight. In the next close-up shot her arm is bent.See more »
Quotes:
Abbott:Tell her they may soon be leaving us. Leaving us for a long, long journey. How is it that Shakespeare says? "From which no traveler returns." Great poet.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
Storm Clouds CantataSee more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Interesting idea, not the best execution, 6 August 2007
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Hitccock's first major release in the USA and Peter Lorre's first English-speaking role are two firsts scored by this 1934 thriller. This is, of course, also Hitchcock's first attempt to to make this film. His second, released in the mid-50s was more successful and better funded. This very British and relatively pithy film retains most of the character of Hitchcock's earlier efforts, but is lean and economical, with less camera play and simpler cinematography and pacing.

The acting is generally very good. Of the main cast, Nova Pilbeam, who plays the kidnapped daughter of Leslie Banks and Edna Best, is the only survivor today, at the age of 87. Most of the action centers on Banks,and he is fine, but (and I tend to think this is Hitchcock's doing) very emotionally compressed throughout the film. Banks' Bob Lawrence has a loving, flirty, wife (Best) and a delightful young daughter (Pilbeam). They are away on holiday in the alps when a new friend of their is shot dead while dancing with Best. As he dies, he passes along some information which creates the family's predicament. Lorre and his people kidnap young Pilbeam in exchange for Banks' silence, and he must then decide what to do. It seems that no matter what he does, his daughter is likely to die.

It is remarkable that Lorre did not even know what he was saying throughout most of this performance. The legendary actor, as usual, dominates all of his scenes and gives the film a creepy, psychotic feeling that would have been difficult to achieve without him.

The plot is a bit light on logic, but brisk, satisfyingly convoluted and entertaining. The script is OK, but often maintains too stiff an upper lip. A few opportunities for elaboration were missed - probably a limitation inherent in the original Wyndham Lewis story. I think it would have been interesting (and more credible) if the authorities had followed up on their knowledge that Banks knew something and trailed him throughout the film. This could have added an extra layer of potential suspense, mystery and obfuscation, since Best's heightened paranoia might have lead him to suspect all sorts of things about anybody keeping tabs on him.

Hitchcock definitely knew he had a potential gem here, and it is a credit to him that he revitalized the film with Jimmy Stewart in the 1950s - after establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with.

Worth seeing for Hitchcock fans and those interested in early British film as well as fans of the 1950s version. O/w only very mildly recommended.

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