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Number 17 (1932)

Number Seventeen (original title)
A gang of thieves gather at a safe house following a robbery, but a detective is on their trail.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Joseph Jefferson Farjeon (as J. Jefferson Farjeon), Joseph Jefferson Farjeon (play) (as J. Jefferson Farjeon) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leon M. Lion ... Ben
Anne Grey ... Nora Brant - the Girl
John Stuart ... Barton - the Detective
Donald Calthrop ... Brant - Nora's Escort
Barry Jones ... Henry Doyle
Ann Casson ... Rose Ackroyd
Henry Caine Henry Caine ... Mr. Ackroyd
Garry Marsh ... Sheldrake
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Storyline

Detective Gilbert is searching for a necklace robbed by a gang of thieves. In the beginning, the gang is in a house in London, then they are running away from police. It will not be easy for the detective to recover the jewel. Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1932 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Number 17 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The telegram is addressed to Ackland. Rodney Ackland is one of the writers. See more »

Goofs

Barton and Nora's hands are tied to the railing behind them, but after they fall backwards through it they're hanging with their hands in front of them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben: Oh! Oh, Gawd! Oh, Gawd! Oh, Gawd! Oh!
Fordyce/Barton: How do you feel? Now, where's that candle? Here, have some of this.
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Connections

Version of Huset nr 17 (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Need a Television
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Shalson
Lyrics by John Malvern
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Hitchcock's early movie from British period with thrilling ending chase in scale models
30 June 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture deals with a deserted house in London as scenario where we find a suspecting hobo (Leon Lion , film producer and he played similar role at stage) , a young girl called Nora (Grey), a detective and a gang of thieves involving the robbery of a necklace . This early British film (shot before ¨39 steps¨) contains humor , tension , action with superb ending pursuit and results to be quite entertaining . It's a comical thriller with parody elements and suspense appears threatening and lurking in every stairs , corridor , hallway and rooms . The movie gets a Germanic expressionist atmosphere in lights and shades creating dark scenarios . Runtime is short-time for that reason is quickly seen ; one hour , approximately . As the famous interview Truffaut-Hitchcock , he said this film was a disaster , he contracted several cats for shooting scenes at home but they wander and was impossible to control them for its numerous proprietaries . The film has various Hitchcock touches as well as the ¨McGuffin¨ , this time seem to be the robbed necklace ; furthermore , the overlong and exciting chase sequence of a train and a bus realized with a maquettes and miniatures . Thirty four years later , Hitchcock will repeat bus pursuit in ¨Torn curtain¨ . His screenwriter Alma Reville ,Hitchcock's wife , wrote a confusing and no well developed screenplay . The following Hitchcock film would be his first great success :¨The man who knew too much¨.


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