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A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Clemence Dane (novel), Herbert Juttke (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Abel ... Sir John Menier
Olga Tschechowa ... Mary Baring
Paul Graetz ... Bobby Brown
Lotte Stein ... Bebe Brown
Ekkehard Arendt Ekkehard Arendt ... Handel Fane
John Mylong ... John Stuart (as Jack Mylong-Münz)
Louis Ralph Louis Ralph ... Bennet
Hermine Sterler ... Miß Miller
Fritz Alberti Fritz Alberti ... Verteidiger
Else Schünzel Else Schünzel
Julius Brandt Julius Brandt
Rudolf Meinhard-Jünger Rudolf Meinhard-Jünger ... (as Rudolph Meinhardt Junger)
Fritz Grossman Fritz Grossman
Lucie Euler Lucie Euler
Harry Hardt ... Inspektor
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A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution.

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Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

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One copy of this movie is known to survive at the Bundesfilmarchiv in Germany. See more »

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Version of Murder! (1930) See more »

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The Czechoslovakian rendition
10 August 2013 | by Zbigniew_KrycsiwikiSee all my reviews

For Hitchcock completists only, this German-language version of the same director's Murder! tells the same story on the same sets, but with different cast, as a juror questions the guilty verdict he helped come to.

A few mildly amusing visual flairs are present here: jurors seated around a circular table. The camera pans along and we see a first juror held deep in thought; the next several are listening with rapt attention; until we arrive at one man who is clearly bored to tears with it all; a mild joke which was thrown in to the German version, not in the UK version. Brief glimpses (again) of cross-dressing, which Hitch later went back to, in a big way, with Psycho.

Some early quick cuts are surprising, eleven cuts in a three seconds-long scene at the twenty three minute mark. Most unconventional at the time.

Overall the movie is watchable, but not very involving, partly at least due to its lax pacing, and a verbose screenplay. Like its UK counterpart, however, it does pick up for its memorable climax.


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Language:

German

Release Date:

2 March 1931 (Germany) See more »

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Der Prozeß Baring See more »

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Mono (British Phototone)

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1.20 : 1
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