A chance meeting with a female spy on the run from assassins sends Richard Hannay deep into a government conspiracy. When he is accused of her murder, he must go on the run in search of the real culprits in order to clear his name.
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The more I see of Hitchcock's pre-Hollywood work the more I love him, as if I didn't enough already. The first half is gorgeously dark (just like Miss Smith) and every bit as ominous as Hitchcock's later works such as Notorious. The second half turns lightens things up with some screwball comedy elements (I would love to have seen Donat and Carroll in a straight comedy) and wraps up with a great finale. Great stuff.
one of those overrated films that people who don't really know american classic cinema history elect as a masterpiece. the story is superficial and boring (how many times does the hero have to escape so the audience understands he is the hero??) and, in the end, unrewarding. there are no actual characters, just figures in a boring plot, saved from total wreck by ocasional but unsufficient flashes of direction.