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 <email@example.com>
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)
The British Board Of Film Censors certificate at the beginning of this movie states, "This is to certify that "Murder" (Synchronized) has been Passed for Public Exhibition to Adult Audiences" "A". See more »
When Sir John interviews Diana in jail, they are shown sitting at opposite ends of a table in long-shot. The widths of the planks that make up the tabletop reveal that, in closeups, they are both seated at the same end of the table. See more »
People ought to be ashamed of themselves, kicking up all that racket at this time of night.
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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.
Alfred Hitchcock's Murder! is not a great film, but I give it *** out of ****, so it must be good, and it is. The acting is good, the premise is intriguing, but the film being extremely slow-moving, makes the film boring at times, but it is still at times a quite mesmerizing film that is worth is just for the extraordinary ending. The plot deals with a woman( Norah Baring) being accused of murder, and a juror( a great Herbert Marshall) being almost sure that she is not the killer, and attempting to find this killer. I will not reveal any more of the plot to you, as I think that this film deserved to be seen, not just read. It is not one of Hitchcock's more popular films, and not one of his best. It is an early talkie, so be prepared for a poor print. But past that and it's slow-moving flaws, it's a well-acted film that deserves to be seen.
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