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 dresses.Written by
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Alfred Hitchcock: about 51 minutes into the movie when Sir John, Ted Markham and his wife take their seats at the dining table. The camera dollies back too much, and near the left edge of the screen Hitchcock is visible as he watches the unfolding scene. It's an unintentional Hitchcock cameo. See more »
While Diana and Sir John are talking in the prison, her hands go from both gripping the table to only the right hand gripping the table between shots. See more »
People ought to be ashamed of themselves, kicking up all that racket at this time of night.
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From my comments you will immediately recognize I am not an expert on Alfred Hitchcook or film in general. My positive reactions to this this movie are based on the fact that I felt it held my interest and that it is technically better than most talkies made in the period of 1929 to 1931, even though I think that Herbert Marshall was hampered by a script that was fine for the level of the other actors but inferior for Marshall's talent. I feel that he was out of place in this movie because of the supporting actors. It was still a good movie and you could see hints of Hitchcock future genius in the direction of the plot. I think it took courage to include some of the longer scenes in this movie, especially for a movie made in 1930. That being said I think these longer scenes were mostly effective. I think this film is watch-worthy for any film student and anyone who is a fan of Hitchcock or early talkies. In my opinion if this film were made only 4 years later with the same cast it would have been a superior film because of the massive evolution in film making in the period between 1930 and 1934.
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