Kick-Back Friday: #194
Murder! (1930): Despite its year of production, this very early effort from Hitchcock (his third talkie!) displays the important signature elements of the director’s enduring stories of suspense and murder, including deliberate camera placement, liberal scenes of comedic relief, and an exploration of abnormal psychology. Particularly notable here is the blurred distinction between events on and off the theatrical stage.
While serving on a jury, a famous English thespian, “Sir John,” reluctantly votes to convict a pretty young actress of murder. But nagging doubts about the actress’s guilt prompt a reexamination of the crime, and Sir John uses his dramatic knowledge in an attempt to catch the real killer.
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