Cast consists almost entirely of Irish players. Kathleen O’Regan succeeds only in looking awkward. Edward Chapman is by no means the Paycock of Arthur Sinclair’s stage interpretation. He loses a lot of the humor and mugs too much. Sara Allgood is a flat Juno and Maire O’Neil introduces some of the gestures she used on the stage when playing Juno.
Three-quarters of the film is just photographed stage play [by Sean O’Casey] – excellently photographed, but slow in action. The rest moves fast, building up a swift climax of drab tragedy with the seduction of Mary (O’Regan), the shooting of Jerry (John Laurie), and the loss of the money due under the will. The end of the play has been dropped.
Irish atmosphere of the tenement life incidental to the country is well caught, director Alfred Hitchcock having a flair for sniping the real feeling of the submerged tenth.