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. —IMDb
Alfred Hitchcock has been the most well-known director to the general public since the 1940s – and he remains so in the 21st century, more than 25 years after his death. His name evokes instant expectations on the part of audiences around the world: of a memorable night of movie-watching highlighted by at least two or three great chills (and a few more good ones), some striking black comedy, and an eccentric characterization or two in virtually every one of the director’s movies across a half-century – and usually laced with a comical cameo appearance by the director himself.
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born into a devoutly Catholic family in London, and his religious upbringing – with its attendant issues of guilt – would have a powerful influence on the psychological underpinnings of his later work. He was trained at a technical school, and initially gravitated to movies through art courses and advertising. He studied the work of other filmmakers, most notably the German expressionists… read more
Move along, nothing to see here. Well, nearly, but Murder!’s muddy exposition is soon followed by a nimble set-up with precision framing. A talkative murder investigation-cum-courtroom drama (and back again), whose verbal exchanges within its close-knit cast, combined with Hitchcock’s astute direction - if not presiding over white-knuckle suspense, then a procedural laced with morality, entrapment and the interplay between life and art - add a charisma to keep it moving at an intriguing pace. In fact, it’s practically Hitch’s 12 Angry Men.
A pretty damn good old Hitch film worth checking out. The first 1/4 of the film is quite brilliant in great Hitchcockian fashion and I especially liked the quirkiness of the characters in the jury scene. Way ahead of 12 Angry Men