Review: ‘Murder’

Original title of this one was Enter Sir John. Based on the rather highbrow mystery yarn (by Clemence Dane), it tells how a girl is convicted of murder on circumstantial evidence and sentenced to death. One of the jurymen, an actor, sets to work to solve the crime.

Original title of this one was Enter Sir John. Based on the rather highbrow mystery yarn (by Clemence Dane), it tells how a girl is convicted of murder on circumstantial evidence and sentenced to death. One of the jurymen, an actor, sets to work to solve the crime.

Drawback of this type of development is that the biggest kick in the picture occurs in the earlier reels.

Well photographed and mounted, it contains all the gadgets of the pet Alfred Hitchcock technique, from quick cutting to skillful dialog blending.

The dialog is very well written. Long episodes have clever satirical values as attacks on the conventional and lower-class English.

Acting is very good. Herbert Marshall beats the cast to it as the knighted actor who turns amateur detective. Norah Baring is sympathetic as the suspected girl.

Murder

UK

Production

British International. Director Alfred Hitchcock; Producer John Maxwell; Screenplay Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville; Camera Jack Cox; Editor Emile de Ruelle, Rene Harrison; Art Director John Mead

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1930. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Herbert Marshall Norah Baring Phyllis Konstam Edward Chapman Miles Mander
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