While holidaying in Switzerland, Lawrence and his wife Jill are asked by a dying friend, Louis Bernard, to get information hidden in his room to the British Consulate. They get the information, but when they deny having it, their daughter Betty is kidnapped. It turns out that Louis was a Foreign Office spy and the information has to do with the assassination of a foreign dignitary. Having managed to trace his daughter’s kidnappers back to London, Lawrence learns that the assassination will take place during a concert at the Albert Hall. It is left to Jill, however, to stop the assassination. —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
Very well-written film where every little thing is used to perfection. Peter Lorre steals the film as the primary assassin/kidnapper. You get an active female protagonist (Edna Best), baddies who hide out at a temple of sun worshipers, and a lengthy but bad ass shoot-out that puts modern shoot-outs to shame. What more do you need? See this film!
This film provides a blueprint to many of the later Hitchcock thrillers. The opening sequence develops incredibly fast, and the protagonist and the viewers are immediately sucked into a middle of an conspiracy. There is a delicate balance between suspense and comedy here, which will become Hitch's signature touch. Also, watch how he shows the final gunshot by Edna Best..., genius!!
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