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Murder! (1930)

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 (from: "Enter Sir John"), Helen Simpson (from: "Enter Sir John") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Herbert Marshall ... Sir John Menier
Norah Baring ... Diana Baring
Phyllis Konstam ... Doucie Markham
Edward Chapman ... Ted Markham
Miles Mander ... Gordon Druce
Esme Percy ... Handel Fane
Donald Calthrop ... Ion Stewart
Esme V. Chaplin Esme V. Chaplin ... Prosecuting Counsel
Amy Brandon Thomas ... Defending Counsel (as Amy Brandon-Thomas)
Joynson Powell ... Judge
S.J. Warmington ... Bennett
Marie Wright Marie Wright ... Miss Mitcham
Hannah Jones ... Mrs. Didsome
Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Grogram
R.E. Jeffrey ... Foreman of the Jury
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Storyline

The police find the actress, Diana Baring, near the body of her friend. All the circumstantial proofs seems to point to her and, at the end of the trial, she is condemned. Sir John Menier, a jury member, suspects Diana's boyfriend, who works as an acrobat wearing a dress. Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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Taglines:

A Mystery Story that will grip and enthrall from the opening terrifying scream to the final escape from justice of the murderer in his leap of death! (Print Ad- Vancouver Sun, ((Vancouver, BC)) 25 July 1931)


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The scene where Sir John thinks out loud in front of a mirror had to be filmed with a recording of the lines and a thirty piece orchestra hidden behind the set, as it was not possible to post-dub the soundtrack later. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Markham introduces his wife to Sir John and when the three of them dine together, Mrs. Markham has a corsage attached to her fur coat. Once the three of them head to the boarding house, the corsage is gone, with no explanation of its disappearance. 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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Alternate Versions

The UK version includes approximately 12 minutes of footage cut from the USA release. The extra footage occurs primarily in two sequences:
  • Additional jury deliberations prior to the introduction of Herbert Marshall as Sir John.
  • After the discovery of the broken basin in the playhouse dressing room, there is a lengthy sequence showing Sir John paying the stagehand who granted him entrance and leaving with the Markhams. The scene fades to the end of the day, with the weary trio stopping at the door of "the policeman's rooming house", where Sir John had planned to stay the night. Noticing the shabby neighborhood, he starts to change his mind and retire to his luxury hotel suite, but Ted Markham reminds him of his hope to discover further clues at the rooming house. Fade in to Sir John in bed the next morning, being awakened by the sound of crying children. The landlady (Una O'Connor, billed in the USA credits although all her scenes are cut) enters and regales Sir John with her troubles. Meanwhile, her children play on and around the bed and give him a kitten, which crawls under his covers. The landlady confirms that the suspected killer had access to a police uniform. Enter Ted Markham, whose ensuing dialogue with Sir John reinforces the importance of the "second" policeman and establishes the existence of the blood-stained cigarette case, both of which ultimately prove critical in solving the murder. Here, the scene cuts to the prison where the USA version picks up with Sir John's interview of Norah Baring.
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Connections

Featured in Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No.5 in C Minor, Op.67
(1809) (uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played during the opening credits
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Early talkie whodunit well starred by Herbert Marshall and including Hitchcock's ordinary trademarks
26 April 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A mystery movie adapted from the novel and play titled ¨Enter Sir John¨by Clemence Dane and Helen Simpson . It deals with a girl (Norah Baring) silently accepts her prosecution for killing , while the jury is deliberating , there is a lone juror (Herbert Marshall) who believes in her innocence begins an investigation his own and winds up discovering weird happenings .

This fine early effort by Hitch has several novelties , as the movie transcends the limitation of its mystery plot by dealing with thought-provoking issues and focusing on the theatrical meditations of reality . An early talkie for Great Britain in which director Hitch features visualization of some typical Hitchcockian themes , being perhaps the most provocative of all early British films , adding the first gay stereotype in popular cinema and the first movie where a person's thoughts are presented by a voice-in-off . The story follows mysteriously the investigation of a murder and the protagonist attempts to keep the condemned girl from being executed to death penalty by hanging . One of the first and best Alfred film to explore the ideas and themes that would become his trademarks , including climatic and memorable scenes . Herbert Marshall gives a good interpretation as the jurist believing in a young woman's innocence and starts organizing the pieces of the crime in order to save her . Look closely for the Master in a rapid cameo about an hour into the film walking past the house where the murder was committed and Una O'Connor , John Ford's regular ; besides , brief acting by Miles Mander .

The film belongs to Hitch's first British period when he directed silent films such as ¨The lodger¨ (1926) , ¨The ring¨(1927) , ¨Easy virtue¨ (1927) , ¨The Manxman¨(29) ; being ¨Blackmail¨(29) made as a silent , this was reworked to become a talkie . Following sound movies and early talkies as ¨June and the Paycock¨(30) , ¨Skin Game¨(31) , ¨Rich and strange¨(32) , ¨Number 17¨(32) , ¨The man who knew too much¨(34) , ¨The 39 steps¨ (35) , ¨The secret agent¨(36) , ¨Sabotage¨(36) , ¨The lady vanishes¨(38) , ¨Jamaica Inn¨ (39) until he is hired by David O'Selznick to shoot ¨Rebecca¨(40) in the US .


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enter Sir John See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (R. C. A. Photo Phone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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