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144 Ratings

Number Seventeen

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United Kingdom, 1932
Thriller, Crime, Mystery


A gang of thieves gather at a safe house following a robbery, but a detective is on their trail.

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Number Seventeen Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Critics reviews

The plot is largely insignificant and even difficult to follow at times, a sentiment echoed by François Truffaut in his interviews with Hitchcock. However, it’s very humorous, and the dry wit more than makes up for its lack of narrative cohesiveness. It’s also quite suspenseful despite Hitchcock’s droll intentions; in some scenes, the humor actually heightens what little genuine suspense he factored into it.
August 29, 2014
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Characters are handcuffed to railings and dangled from the second floor, but that’s just set-up for the bravura 15-minute chase between a crowded bus and a runaway locomotive (cf. The French Connection), with its collision of models and maquettes capped by a grinning joke. “Just like in the pictures, isn’t it?” The overriding sense of deviltry is shared by contemporaries, nudge it in one direction and you have La Nuit du Carrefour, nudge it the other way and there’s The Old Dark House.
January 01, 2010
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Although the movie seems to be remembered today chiefly for its concluding chase of model bus after model train, before the latter crashes into a model ferry, it is worth noting that Hitchcock handles the entire film like a mechanical toy, a top to be kept spinning at all costs. Only when the mechanism begins to run down does it become apparent how much the film’s execution has concealed a very pedestrian thriller framework.
August 01, 1975
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