Hitchcock's weakest effort, no doubt about it. I blame Selznick's script, his hollow and inconsistent characters, void of any sort of emotion, the bridge that connects them to the spectator. Like 'just another movie', an attempt done in a hurry. Trying madly and too hard, ends up being some sort of a fad. If not for Hitchcock's name being attached to this film, I doubt it would get the same attention and viewership.
Would have loved to have seen this with Hitchcock's choices for the leads: Garbo as Anna; Olivier as Anthony Keane and Ingrid Bergman as Gay Keane. Gregory Peck is disappointing as Anthony Keane because he is obviously American and he shows no restraint in his portrayal. Charles Laughton steals the show as Judge Horfield and his character provides an interesting morality twist to the straightforward storyline.