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6.7
/10
382 Ratings

Murder!

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United Kingdom, 1930
Thriller, Crime, Mystery

Synopsis

Actress Edna Druce is found dead, and fellow thespian Diana Baring can’t explain why she’s holding the murder weapon. Diana seems destined for conviction, but juror Sir John Menier thinks she’s innocent. His efforts to collect clues in order to clear Diana, however, might finger another performer.

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Murder! Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Critics reviews

In addition to being somewhat of a thematic rarity in Hitchcock’s filmography, it’s also an early example of the self-reflexivity that makes REAR WINDOW and VERTIGO two of his most critically acclaimed films. In this instance, Hitchcock instead uses theater as a means of referencing the film’s artifice, an element owed to Hitchcock’s lifelong appreciation of the performing arts.
August 22, 2014
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Sound is already a fundamental part of Alfred Hitchcock’s sense of style, clock chimes and a shriek guide the opening montage until the crime is discovered and expressive movement takes over.
January 01, 2010
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Apart from games played against the more mechanical developments of the mystery plot, the principal sustaining thread of Murder is a conventionally arch comic treatment of class consciousness between Sir John and everyone else, which – like the long jury scene in which he first appears – is coldly amusing in places but awkwardly dated in overall conception.
July 01, 1975
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