This lesser Hitchcock has some interest. Dietrich is witty and alluring when the police interrogate her while she lounges on a divan in a peignoir. Alistair Sim and Sybil Thorndike are golden. They compensate, somewhat, for the weak casting of Jane Wyman, Michael Wilding and Richard Todd. The story is not told with Hitchcock's usual precision but it offers opportunities for humor and irony.
This one has a good story, but I must say its a bit of a mess. The main problem here is casting. Wyman and Dietrich just dont work well together, and the film suffers dramatically as a result. The slight twist ending only makes up for some of the awkwardness in terms of chemistry. 2.5 stars
Alright, all I can remember in that film is Marlene Dietrich and the fact that she was middle-aged then but appeared sexier and more attractive than Jane Wyman, who was just 23 then. That kind of stuff gives woman courage not to be afraid of growing older. But not every one is Marlene Dietrich. (Shallow me) Her presence tends to imbalance the film and the audience are led to overlook the rest.
Not one of his best, but exquisite nonetheless. The theme of acting runs wildly throughout the picture even hinting at certain key plot points to come. It also has one of the finest villain in his filmography. Direction wise, the highlight is a long shot early in the film where the screen is in constant state of metamorphosis as it keeps following the characters. Add a wonderful ending, and you get an engaging result
Non tra i migliori lavori di Hitchcock,che qui sceglie di giocare molto sulla finzione tra realtà e film e tra cinema e teatro.Sono ottimi il flashback iniziale e la costruzione del finale della vicenda,che invece nel mezzo denota una serie di lungaggini noiose e una scarsa caratterizzazione di alcuni personaggi. Buono, ma non eccelso.
Although there are some superb scenes, ultimately a lot of the ideas in this movie were half-baked. The problem for me was that this thriller is not so much concerned about the "wrong man" getting caught, but rather focused on whether Wyman could keep up with her acts and continue with her investigation.
One of the Hitchcock films nobody seems to talk about, and a pleasant surprise when I finally watched it. The acting is a little broad, but that plays into the atmosphere of morbid cheerfulness (best represented by the Gill family) and the plot's an interesting variation on Hitch's pet theme of the man wrongfully accused, trying to clear his name. Worth a look.